Instant Success and Instant Coffee

You can make yourself a cup of coffee in a matter of seconds. You can cook dinner in 20-30 minutes. You can learn the words of a song in a few minutes, but can you make big changes in your life within a day or two? Is it realistic to expect becoming wealthy in 15 days or less, doing almost nothing, except if you win the lottery?

Most people expect fast results. They have no patience or staying power, and if something requires time and effort, they quit after a short while. They look for books, workshops or videos that promise immediate results, such as:

  • Get powerful concentration with a few minutes of training
  • Meditate like an expert in 15 days
  • Get anything you want in 30 minutes
  • Get the house of your dreams, or a fancy car, quickly and with no effort
  • Influence people in 5 minutes
  • Write a book in a few days

These are just a few of the many examples you can find if you look at the newspapers, magazines or the Internet.

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Anxiety and Depression: Our Internal GPS System

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“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world”. Dalai Lama

What are anxiety and depression?

This might seem like a silly question to ask after all we are told repeatedly from various sources that anxiety and depression are mental illnesses. We are often told this is caused by a chemical imbalance.

What if I were to tell you different? Would you believe me?

This might be hard. It might be difficult to challenge mainstreams beliefs and opinions. When we are growing up, we believe what we are told from those around us. We learn to trust the opinion of those who are influential in our life – parents, teachers, the media, doctors, elders. We take these beliefs as absolute truths.

We naturally take on the beliefs of the majority, we are human.

Change happens when someone or a group of people challenge these societal norms. What tends to happen is that someone has an experience that does not fit with the messages that are shared by the vast majority. There can be a lot of controversy surrounding these challenges to the status quo.

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Developing the Strength within You

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Do you sometimes feel that you don’t have the strength to act with resolution and strength?

Do you feel helpless in certain situations?

Do you feel that people often take advantage of you, and you cannot resist them?

Are you shy or lack self-confidence in certain situations, at work, at home, or anywhere else?

There are various reasons for this state of affairs, and all of them point to a lack of inner strength. This often causes unhappiness and lack of motivation, and can lead to negative habits, such as procrastination, lack of perseverance, low self-esteem, and lack of self-confidence.

However, this situation can be corrected, but you need to make the decision to change it, and be willing to undertake the inner work that this involves.

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Increase Your Confidence to Improve Your Health

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Increase Your Confidence to Improve Your Health
People who are confident are more inclined to take risks, and are often better equipped to handle challenges. Confident people are likely to try something new because they have the belief that they can use their current skills and abilities and apply them to new areas, making the most of new situations and experiences.

People with confidence are also likely to be people who plan for the future; who think ahead, make small steps necessary to reaching final goals, and who don’t overlook the details of large or long-term objectives. All these attributes together mean that confident people have cultivated methods of focusing their mental energy toward whatever their goal is. In many cases, when a confident person chooses to make their physical health a priority, there is nothing to stop them from succeeding.

Confidence and health go hand in hand. They perpetuate one another, and one leads to the other. The problem can be where to start. It’s easy to say “If my health was better I’d feel better about myself,” but that is a backwards fallacy. The truth is, if you feel good about yourself and have confidence in your own abilities, you will find it easier to set realistic physical goals, and stick with them. In turn, recognizing your achievements along the way will increase your energy level, and your confidence at being able to meet your next goal.

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How To Free Your Mind of Worry

Learning how to free your mind from worry, and reduce the overall amount of stress in your life is the key to having a happier and more fulfilling life. There is nothing more agonising, when you have problems from work, your relationship or health affecting your mind. However there are several simple techniques that can … Continue Reading…

Are You Happy Now, at This Very Moment?

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Are you happy?

Are you happy now, at this very moment?

If you are unhappy, what is keeping your from experiencing happiness?

How much happiness do you experience in your daily life, versus unhappiness?

Someone tells you a nasty thing, and this make you feel unhappy for the rest of the day, with thoughts and feelings of anger filling your mind all day long.

You wake up late, and therefore, have to hurry to work, skipping your breakfast and the morning paper. How do you feel, stressed and angry with yourself?

You want to do something, but it does not work out. Do you feel frustrated?

There are a lot of small and insignificant things happening every day. If you choose to take them personally, you invite unhappiness into your life.

Do all these small events, situations, and plans that don’t work out, really important? Will you still remember them next week?

Is it really important what this or that person said or did? Why take everything too personally, and become unhappy as a result?

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Using Visualization Exercises for Self Healing

Visualization exercises utilized during meditation are some of the most powerful self healing tools you have at your disposal. These powerful images are a means of relieving stress, improving your sense of self worth, solving problems and rebalancing your chakras.

Statistics say that somewhere around thirty percent of the U.S. population thinks in terms of images, but the fact is that images are powerful for everyone, regardless of their standard thought processes. There is a reason that the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” exists. It’s because images have a way of communicating significantly more information in a briefer timeframe than will ever be possible with written or spoken words.

Visualization exercises utilizing powerful visual imagery can be used to communicate with your own subconscious mind and internal being. These images allow you to communicate more efficiently and effectively with the subconscious, promoting quicker adjustment to your conscious level thinking and actions.

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How to Overcome Stress and Anxiety Naturally

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There is no denying that stress and anxiety are part of everyday life. Due to lifestyle changes and numerous challenges that people go through on a daily basis, these two mental health problems have become common.

However, excessive stress and anxiety can become dangerous health problems if not dealt with early. Besides weakening our immune systems and making us prone to illnesses, they can also make a person become unproductive in life. While there are several medications that can be used to manage stress and anxiety, there are many proven and natural methods of relieving these conditions.

One of the best natural methods of overcoming stress and anxiety is through meditation. Meditation is the practice of emptying the thoughts in the mind. This helps to clear your mind for a couple of minutes and achieve a state of inner calm. However, in order to achieve better results, you need a quiet, clean and peaceful room with a natural setting.

Developing a positive mindset is another outstanding way of overcoming stress and anxiety the natural way. A positive mindset is considered as the practice of developing positive thoughts. Creating a positive mindset involves changing your perception of a negative situation by repeating affirmations, positive notes, prayer or visualization. To develop a positive mindset you should place positive notes in places where you can see them frequently.

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