Peace Begins With Surrender

Peace Begins With Surrender

I heard this affirmation in one of Deepak Chopra`s speeches and it instantly sunk into my mind as an imperative of how I shall choose to act in my daily endeavors.

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I find that a more effective way to approach uncertainty and disappointment is by allowing the events of our discontent to unfold without our interference.

It is when we surrender to life, that Life happens. We can never possibly gauge what the future holds for us from a place of fear and aggression. The future is a direct result of our actions today. If we choose to live in a state of peace and kindness we will attract reciprocity of those emotions. But if we dwell in self-pity and anxiousness we will automatically “subscribe” for more unpleasantries and dissatisfaction.

So let us not oppose anything that happens to us – beginning with #Today. And it can be anything of the following:

  • waking up later than what we demanded from our bodies
  • experiencing sabotaging thoughts and harsh self-talk
  • wishing things were different than they were
  • avoiding the responsibility for owing our power to accept 

Instead, let us focus on reversing those attitudes and embracing the reality-of-everything-we-cannot-longer-change with kinder thoughts, compassion and complete acceptance:

  • accepting what our physical body requires today to recover and be healthy
  • accepting our relapse to judgment and negativity and kindly letting go of those thoughts
  • accepting things exactly as they are and moving on
  • accepting our responsibility for owing our power to accept and shift our mindset

We tend to worry the most for the things that we can control the least: unexpected expenses, change of relationship status, cold weather when we are on vacation, etc… And those are exactly the kind of opportunities I believe we must dedicate to learning how to trust more and surrender to the unknown with a firm belief it is for our ultimate benefit.

In my experience, the sooner I release the control grip and loosen up the tension I quickly gain a fresh perspective and motivation to deal with the reluctance to find the wisdom (and the lesson) amidst the undesirable circumstances I am experiencing.

Yet, we can worry all we want but things as just they are. And we can either adapt to their ebb and flow or drawn in misery and chronic worry.

So let us oppose nothing that happens (to us) today. 

~ With love,

Ana-Maria

 

 

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How to Scientifically Conquer Negativity

How to Scientifically Conquer Negativity

A negative bias is a term used by psychologists (as Dr. Rick Hanson, in his book Hardwiring Happiness) to describe our human tendency to concentrate on the negative and neglect or minimize the positive. ✂️

According to Harris, back in the day, when our predecessors’ mere goal was reproduction and survival, every abrupt noise was perceived as danger triggering the fight or flight impulse.

Evolutionary, it was a safety measure to remain ‘negative’ that the unknown sound is a tiger and we better run rather than remain “positive” that it is not.

In today’s terms: imagine you are having an exceptionally marvelous week!

You feel good about yourself, find time to exercise, eat nourishing food, get enough sleep, feel productive at work and even get a promotion.
Yet, just to contrast those peak moments, ONE day, for example, you don’t hear your alarm, get up late, spill coffee on your shirt, get stuck in traffic, miss your workout, eat poorly and, accordingly, don’t perform your best.
The latter unfortunate chain of events usually leads to (either) your own dissatisfaction with yourself, or to a negative comment from an external source (or both). Once offset, negativity usually goes downhill attracting more negativity! Because of our genetic make-up, we tend to ignore ALL the positive feedback and focus on the tiny little mean remark or incident that pulled us out of our happy place.

↕️ Yet, you can rewire your brain to focus on retaining the good memories and use them as leverage to pull you out of an unhappy place.
I hope this information serves you well and you remember not to forget all the great achievements you have accomplished just because of occasional setbacks or negative people.

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Questions For Personal Reflection

Questions For Personal Reflection

If we only act in a way to please others we are trapped in a vicious cycle of defining our worth based on their approval.

My challenge to all of us is to closely monitor our behavior around the people that make us uncomfortable, anxious or self-conscious, and pay attention to the following marks:
🔅 Do you tend to alternate your behavior to replicate their style of expression, even if it contradicts with your usual manners?
🔅Do you catch yourself mirroring their body language and lexicon only to fit their mode?
🔅Do you act in a certain way in order to receive an external validation or compliments?
🔅Do you change your plans or goals if you don’t receive a round of applause and support?
🔅Do you constantly worry about how others perceive you even if their criticism doesn’t resonate with your intuition?
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None of us is immune to the aftermath of living in a world absorbed with negative input.
But is our responsibility to recognize when our actions (or self-expression) are not in alignment with our authentic self and, instead, kindly shift our thoughts and behavior back to a modus of self-compassion, acceptance, and respect of our imperfections. 

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A Return To Love

A Return To Love

The quote in the caption belongs to Marianne Williamson whom I respect deeply because she has the gift to write about our human imperfections in a compassionate and non-preaching way. 

In her book, A Return To Love, she shares her own experience of transforming fear into love and overcoming behavioral traits that prevented her from attracting love. Ultimately, the harsh truth is that sometimes we are own enemy when it comes to happiness. Somehow we choose to remain in the “comfort zone” of being miserable and a victim of our circumstances than to be brave and start giving love first.

Being a carrier of love is the only path towards unconditional acceptance and freedom from fear. It is when we condition our state of being loved on external circumstances than we get stuck into old patterns and behaviors.

As the wise adage goes: “Nothing happens until I make action!”

What is the last book quote that inspired you?

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