Get Back Your Power!

Get Back Your Power!

We, human beings, have the precious gift to GROW from any challenge.

To either let the obstacles burn our passion, or ignite our strength.

To make us stronger and eager to move on.

And as phoenixes, to transpose our ashes to gold. 

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*To make peace with the past
*To forgive and detach

*To owe our mistakes

*To admit we have failed

*To send love to our wound

*To allow healing to bloom

*To be bold to take action

*To monitor our reactions

*To peacefully let go of what we don’t want in our day

*To trust something better is coming our way

*To take responsibility to come back on track

*And, determinedly, take our POWER back!
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If you know somebody who needs to be reminded of their power, please forward them this post.

 

 

~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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The Importance of “Preserving” Positive Feelings

The Importance of “Preserving” Positive Feelings

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I personally love traveling to places that rejuvenate my body and revitalize my spirit with inspiration, wanderlust, and zest for pursuing my goals and dreams. And what better time for such an expedition to exploration than the end of summer?

In a way, I perceive the fall season as the beginning of the year. And it is such, for all of us that are students (in an academic institution, or in life). I look at the falling leaves and reminisce about everything that has fallen from me in the past four seasons: fears, judgment, limitations…all of those tiny tricksters that snatch our motivation and recycle it into hopelessness and lack of motivation.

In his book Hardwiring Happiness (which I recommend!*), the author Rick Hanson speaks about the neurological pathways that either impede or enhance our sense of contentment, calm and confidence. A practice he mentions, that stood out for me, is consciously remembering in details the memories, events or feelings that made us feel our best. And to rehearse the chosen moment in our mind until it paves a cognitive canal that can, later on, lead us to emotional salvation when we are feeling sad, unmotivated or discouraged.

For example, imagine the event (or place) in the last six months that made you feel your happiest.

For me, that was being at the Black Sea and swimming in the azure waters while soaking up the sun, eating gooey figs, writing in my journal and listening to the sound of the waves.

Whatever your chosen memory is: close your eyes and track back every moment as vividly as you can. Remember to not only relive it in your mind to also to feel it: paying close attention to the emotions that were produced by that experience… The joy. The laughter. The experience itself. The company you were with.  Whatever it is for you. Then, take a few minutes to reflect how those depicters made you feel. And, most importantly, why? 

I suggest you either do this exercise mentally or, even better, take a journal and free-write. Choose a time in space that made you feel extraordinary and observe closely your thoughts and feelings. Your mind, heart, and body know best why you felt so liberated and happy experiencing those emotions in that particular moment.

The purpose of this practice, as Hanson suggests, is to provide us with mental tools to recreate the palette of positive emotions that already exist in our memory so that we can adhere to their vibrational content to color our current canvass with the same positivity and excitement for life.

I am curious to hear about your happiest memories from last year. If you are willing to share, let`s create a discussion!

Leave your comments below and share this practice with your friends.

~ With love and care,

Ana-Maria

*If you follow my posts, you might remember I recently mentioned his work in this post here.

 

 

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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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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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