Quotes of Optimism

What is optimism? The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having “hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favourable or hopeful view.” Optimism is also defined as: 1. The tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things 2. Hopefulness; confidence Here are … Continue Reading…

History and Origin of Black Friday

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day many U.S. retailers open very early, and offer promotional sales to start the shopping season.

History and Origin
The term Black Friday originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

Use of the term began in Philadelphia, and then spread to other cities around 1975.

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What is Self-Discipline? Definitions

Self-discipline appears in various forms, such as perseverance, restraint, endurance, thinking before acting, finishing what you start doing, and as the ability to carry out one’s decisions and plans, in spite of inconvenience, hardships or obstacles. Self-discipline also means self-control, the ability to avoid unhealthy excess of anything that could lead to negative consequences. One … Continue Reading…

The Social Network – The Movie About Facebook

Yesterday, I went to the cinema with my wife and kids to watch the movie The Social Network. It is a story about the creation of the social networking website Facebook, about the founders of Facebook, and about the lawsuits against its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

One night in 2003, Harvard student and computer programming Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, begins working on a new idea. Between blogging and programming, he starts something soon to become known as Facebook. Starting with no money, except some small amounts invested by his friend Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, he created a website that had members only in Harvard university, but soon included other universities, and then the whole world.

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Sell Books and Earn Commission Through Facebook Account

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Life is not a Dress Rehearsal

Life is NOT a dress rehearsal. This IS the main event. The longer you leave it to make your run at success, the harder it becomes. I see so many unhappy people in this world. They hate their jobs, they don’t like their neighbors, they detest their boss, they don’t like their own appearance, they’re … Continue Reading…

The Journey to Inner Peace and the Noise Around Us

There is so much constant noise around us caused by people talking, the TV and radio screaming, music, people using their cellular phones, cars and other sources of noise. Inner Peace

There are so many things that attract and distract our attention, taking a lot of our time, energy and attention, leading to tiredness and exhaustion. All this leads people to desire some peace and quiet, but though it might look strange, people often avoid quietude, and dread a quiet environment, preferring the noise, the constant activity, and hustle and bustle of daily life. They do their best to avoid any moments of quietude, of being with themselves, feeling uneasy in such situations.

Many people prefer to be in the company of other people most of the time. When alone, they want to watch the TV or listen to the radio. They just can’t bear to be alone with their thoughts. They need to hear people talking, and they need to talk.

Do you, too, behave in this way? Are you always busy listening to the news, reading the papers, paying attention to what people say about you, so much so that you have eventually failed to enjoy a few quiet moments with yourself?

Focusing your attention, mind and senses on the outside, alienates you from your inner self, from the most important part of you. This leads to stress, tension, resentment and unhappiness. You are more than your physical, more than your personality, and you are starving this inner part in you when you constantly seek noise, and seek to engage your mind and senses in what is going around you. This makes you forget your true needs and your true essence.

Cultivating inner peace doesn’t living a boring uninteresting life. It doesn’t mean lack of interest in the external world and it doesn’t mean becoming less alive, less creative and less adventurous. On the contrary, you become happier, more aware, more alive. You can do anything you did before, but with a new perspective, new and improved viewpoint.

If you wish to reduce the stress, the strain and unhappiness in your live you need to cultivate inner peace.

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The Power of Attention – Focusing the Consciousness

In his book, Raja Yoga, Yogi Ramacharaka (William Walker Atkinson) says about the power of attention:

Power of Attention“The word Attention is derived from two Latin words “ad tendere,” meaning “to stretch toward,” which is really what attention is.

The “I” wills that the mind be focused on some particular object or thing, and the mind obeys and “stretches toward” that object or thing, focusing its entire energy upon it, observing every detail, dissecting, analyzing, consciously and sub-consciously, drawing to itself every possible bit of information regarding it, both from within and from without.

We cannot lay too much stress upon the acquirement of this great faculty, or rather, the development of it, for it is necessary for the intelligent study of Raja Yoga.”

“Attention has been defined as a focusing of consciousness, or, if one prefers the form of expression, as “detention in consciousness.”

“In the first case, we may liken it to the action of the sun-glass through which the sun’s rays are concentrated upon an object, the result being that the heat is gathered together at a small given point, the intensity of the same being raised many degrees until the heat is sufficient to burn a piece of wood, or evaporate water. If the rays were not focused, the same rays and heat would have been scattered over a large surface, and the effect and power lessened.”

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