Do I Want To Improve My Relationship With Myself?

5 Tips for Self-Honesty

The first step in moving ahead with any endeavor is being honest with yourself: Health – be it simply fitting into those old jeans or improving your posture, Wealth – whether financial or however else you may define wealth, or Romance – repairing a once perfect relationship. You must honestly answer the question “Do I Want To Improve My Relationship With Myself?”

Consider the following 3 strategies you can use as a guide and carry out the task of honesty to yourself:

1. First Things First

Write it out – whether, on a piece of paper or a journal, it doesn’t matter… Just be true to yourself. Reflect on what have you been dishonest about in the various aspects of your life. Write either a statement or a question keeping in mind who it is you are addressing (that being “Yourself). Your goal is to achieve a better, more honest relationship with “YOU”.

2. Don’t Be Limited To The Obvious – Dig Deeper

Fear is the biggest culprit of self-deception. Dig deep… deeper… a bit deeper. What is your greatest fear that holds you back from enjoying lasting and gratifying relationships or achieving your goals (weight loss is a tough one)? Is this fear concrete or just something created out of misguided perceptions?

Don’t allow fear to dictate who you are or what you should or shouldn’t do.

Weaving webs of deception require enormous amounts of energy and are not the healthiest thing you can do if you are to enjoy A Better Lifestyle… so Don’t!

Instead, focus your time and energy on solving the real problems at hand. You know, the ones you reflected on and jotted down on your list.

3. Stay Objective

Sugar-coating issues will not put you the path that will bear the results you need… Only honesty will do that for you.

4. Recognize The Good As Well As The Bad Within You

One habitual way we deceive ourselves is by overlooking the “imperfect” characteristics of our lives. Every now and then, it’s easier to look the other way and ignore issues instead of confronting them head-on.

Nonetheless, in all actuality overlooking issues throughout our life doesn’t solve them. It can even exacerbate the situation later on – in light of the fact that when we aren’t straightforward about our issues they can quickly become unmanageable. At that point what began as a trivial issue can turn into a considerably more concerning issue.

Speak openly and the truth about both the good and bad in your life. A level-headed conviction is a sound and sensible conviction.

5. Set Aside Time To Reflect

Allow yourself 5-10 minutes to reflect on the events that transpired in your day. Ponder on questions such as, “How did things go today? What did I do well? How might I be able to have improved the situation?”

Be frank with yourself, yet avoid being disparaging or being overcritical. The objective isn’t to hurt your self-confidence, but rather to take the particulars of the day and exploit them for a better tomorrow. Studies demonstrate that reflection assumes a key part of learning and critical thinking. When we give ourselves an opportunity to examine the experiences of our day, we can oftentimes leave with substantially greater knowledge and a clearer perception into how to enhance ourselves.

It’s important to understand and realize that “Honesty” requires daily commitment and practice – It is not something which one develops overnight, but rather, over time. The rewards being honest brings to one’s life more than compensate for the pains one may have to endure in the process.

There is no limit to what can be accomplished in life simply by practicing “Honesty”.

 

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Acupuncture Basics

1. What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine, single use, sterilized needles into specific points on the body.

2. How does it work?

There is a life force that permeates all of the cells that make up the human body. This life force, or energy field, is called Qi in traditional Asian medicine and it is the basis of our well-being and health. If the bodies Qi is not flowing efficiently or if the Qi is deficient, it will lead to disharmony, pain and disease. The insertion of the needles below the surface of the skin activates the circulation of this energy, and thus facilitates the bodies return to its natural state of well-being.

3. What is a typical session like?

An acupuncture session is usually performed while the patient is lying comfortably on a massage table. It’s similar to a typical spa treatment where the lights are dimmed and soft music is played to facilitate a relaxing atmosphere. In most cases, on insertion of the needles, a slight tingling or numbing sensation can be felt, but it’s not uncommon for people to feel nothing at all. After the needles are place the practitioner may slightly manipulate the needles to elicit a stronger sensation and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. After this, the patient is encouraged to allow the body and mind to enter the meditative state, where the healing benefits are optimized.

4. What are the benefits of it?

Acupuncture is most famous for alleviating all types pain. But it has also been proven to both enhance the Immune system and down-regulate the Sympathetic Nervous system. Which means it can be an effective treatment for any condition that is either caused or exacerbated by stress. The list is a long one, and includes many of the most common medical conditions.

5. Are there any insider tips about acupuncture that a beginner should know?

Improvements in well-being will continue for hours and even days after the session is over, and this effect can be compounded with subsequent sessions. So, for this reason, it’s recommended to follow up with 5 or more sessions before deciding if Acupuncture is right for you.

 

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Forgiveness

We have all found ourselves confronted by someone who has caused us pain and suffering or we simply go through a very difficult period in our life but very few understand why this happens.

In a word…Karma

There are different names for karma but whether you believe it or not, it does exist, both good and bad.

What is karma? often you will hear “what you reap you sow”, “what comes around goes around”,”For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. What does it all  mean?

For me, I have understood it to be an awareness of why we’re here and to learn from our past mistakes in this and previous lifetimes.

We need to be willing to take a step back from the situation and evaluate until there is an understanding without anger. Once this happens, we begin to learn why something has happened to then be able to move on. If we don’t learn and forgive, we will go through the same lesson until the cycle is complete (evaluate, forgive and learn).

 

‘5’ Facts You May Not Know About ‘OM’

1. The sound of OM encompasses all words, all sounds in human language 
OM is a matrix of all sounds, when in its diversified form gives rise to all words used in language.Linguistically, all audible sounds are produced in the space within the mouth beginning at the root of the tongue and ending at the lips. The throat sound is A, and M is the lip sound; and the sound U represents the rolling forward of speech articulation which starts at the root of the tongue, continuing until it ends in the lips.To pronounce OM correctly, remember, the sound vibration is pronounced “oom” as in home.
2. AUM and OM
In Sanskrit, the sound “O” is a diphthong spelled “AU”. A diphthong is the blending of two vowel sounds where both are normally heard and make a gliding sound. As a result, the difference between OM and AUM is simply one of transliteration.
3. AUM represents the 3 Fold Division of Time
A – is the waking state
U – is the dream state
M – is the state of deep sleep
At the end of AUM is a pause, a silence. This represents the state known as Turiya, or Infinite Consciousness
4. The visual symbol represents the meaning of AUM
The symbol OM visually consists of three curves, one semicircle, and a dot.The large bottom curve symbolises the waking state,
A. The middle curve signifies the dream state,
U. The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep,
M. The dot signifies the fourth state of consciousness, Turiya.
The semi circle at the top represents Maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. It signals to us that it is the illusion of Maya that is an obstacle to realisation of the Highest.
5. OM is associated with Ganesha
The physical form of Lord Ganesha is said to be that of OM.  The upper curve, of OM, is identified with the head or the face of Ganesh. The Lower curve his belly. The twisted curve, on the right side of OM is the trunk.
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God Tells Us it’s Time to Change

This week I was profoundly given an opportunity to change.

I had allowed myself a few days to grieve the loss of something that was such a big part of my life and although I gave myself one more day, today, it so happened that I didn’t need it and now I’m peacefully writing this blog.

Sometimes we need to change but are afraid so we keep doing the thing(s) that makes us miserable. That is, until we’re forced to change.

Why are we afraid to change?

Just like Karma, we don’t get to choose what is best for us or what we think we deserve. Life will always know best and give us what we need.

The next time you get fired, lose money, end a relationship, just remember you will look back in the months after and be grateful for where you are at that moment.

Transform Your Mind

Benefits of Meditation. Science has shown that your mind and body benefits from taking time out of your daily life to shut down and meditate. The benefits of meditation are endless, but mantras for anxiety or sinking into deep relaxation with yoga nidra will help you feel centered. Your body will thank you!

Definition of meditation….

I often get told by students that they are unable to meditate because they can’t keep their mind still. My response is that a cultivated sitting practice takes time but there are other ways to mediate if you feel seated is too difficult.

It’s best to start with walking meditation or yoga/tai chi, sport, painting, sewing etc. Whatever requires you utmost mindful attention, will assist in preparing you to practice seated meditation.

The import part of this process is not to rush your progress as there is no competition to see who can get there the fastest or who knows more about it. It is a journey not a race.

Enjoy your journey.

 

 

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