Let Go Of Control By Slowing Down

Let Go Of Control By Slowing Down


We live in a society that is obsessed with control: from controlling one’s finances to controlling one’s physique, relationships and even one’ body’s physiological needs for rest.

 
Yet, too much control leads to chronic exhaustion, anxiousness, and the subsequent jarring fear-of-missing-out*. 

*The fear of missing out is defined by “a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.” 

The simple truth is we, human beings, are not supposed to control everything that happens around us or to be everywhere&and do everything AT THE SAME TIME.


Slowing down usually helps us gain momentum in the long-term. Taking charge of your life and making things happen should not come on the expense of your sanity or your sleep.


The best remedy for control-addiction is REST.

How often do you pause to breathe and let go of control?

I, myself, often get caught up in a go-go-go way of living. And I now know better that slowing down helps me be way more productive. Speaking of which, check out this article. 🙂

When you feel fatigued and overwhelmed, simply close your eyes and send your body much neeeded love and appreciation.

By inhaling love, we let go of the fear of not doing or being enough. By letting go of this fear, we instill the values of self-respect and self-nurturment.

~ After reading this post, please pause and do the following: close your eyes, take a few deep breathes, and connect to yourself by connecting to your heart.

Ask yourself: “What do I want today; What do I need from life; How can I support myself today; How can I say “yes” to others by not compromising my needs?”; How can I say “no” with no guilt?; “How can I enjoy myself more by loosening up my control?””

By nurturing ourselves, we nurture others!

~ With love and care,

Ana-Maria

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Learn How To Protect Your Energy

Learn How To Protect Your Energy

If you are surrounded by people who bring you down, you’re very likely to succumb to their negativity. But that shouldn’t be the case! 

1) Accept that you’re not responsible for other people’s behavior.

But you’re responsible for your reaction to what happens around you. Forgiving injustice doesn’t mean you condone it. It means you choose to protect and honor your sanity. You forgive in order to set yourself free from grudges! Forgiveness is an act of self-care. 

2) Accept that suffering often drives progress. 

Think about it: if your job makes you miserable, your relationships don’t fulfill you, or your body doesn’t deal happy and healthy — that in itself is a baddass motivation for moving on and changing your life! If it is unbearable to remain stuck in unhappy life, it becomes bearable to face your fears, seek help, and move on. 

3) Accept that reward is on the other side of sacrifice.

What happens after a sweaty exercise that kicked your butt a hundred times in a row? You brush off the sweat and feel amazing! The endorphins kick in and you forget about how hard the workout seemed in the beginning. Now you’ve entered the joyous state of victory and self-accomplishment. 

Yes, hard work is hard. Change is hard. But it pays off!



Ask yourself: do you prefer to pay the price of stress and misery or do you prefer to pay the cost of changing your mindset, and to improve the quality of your relationship to yourself and others?


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Self-Love Practices

Self-Love Practices

Love, scientifically speaking, is not more than an illusion created by a mix of chemicals and hormones that produce the fuzzy feeling we feel in our heart for another person.

Yet, philosophically speaking, there is more to love than the “feeling” we associate with its presence or lack.

Love is a choice. Love is a daily commitment to validating that choice with our actions. Love doesn’t fade, even when the sexual attraction begins to subside. Love is caring and always present, even when we hurt, or experience pain. Love is omnipresent. It exists in and for all of us. Love is our state of consciousness and is our responsibility to access and spread it generously to those we encounter.

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A common misconception is that love just happens to us without us doing anything to attract it to our life. True, it is very possible (and frequently occurring) to meet a stranger that emanates magnetizing charm that pervades our imagination and succumbs us our hormonal state to a state of abiding arousal, also known as infatuation

Yet, technically speaking, we owe that attraction to the exchange of pheromones and our fantasy-subconscious that is responsible for our perception of the ‘other’ as a highly compatible lover: which, by itself, does NOT necessarily translate to long-lasting partnership compatibility!

In other words, in order to attract a relationship that lives beyond our present state of lack (as, very often, we get attracted to people that possess a quality we want, but don’t have) we must enter a state of mind that is already tuned to self-love and compassion.
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We cannot attract (or even witness love, even if is there in front of us) if we don’t feel as we can/want/or are ready for it.
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Love is everywhere around us. It is not a container that ever goes empty.

And You, dear reader, have an equal share.

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Before you start dating please first ask yourself:

    • Are you ready to attract a thriving, loving relationship that fills us up from the inside out?
    • A relationship that is not conditional and is ever-flowing?
  • A loving relationship that is not selfish and is healing?

If the answer is YES then you must love yourself first before loving someone else. If the answer is NO then you must love yourself even more before loving someone else.

Here are my personal practices for self-love.

  1. Gratitude. Every day find a time in your day to be grateful for having a heart that can love and be loved by others. Live your life as you already have the intimate partner you desire. How would it be to have them in your life? How would you feel? How would you act? Imagine the excitement you will feel spending time with them or responding to their text message. Now send all of that ecstatic vibration back to your heart and thank the Universe for sending love your way, every day.)
  2. Spending time doing something you love. That’s an activity that is uniquely yours but I recommend you to do an activity that is independent of external stimuli and you can do by yourself. Check out my curate your happiness ritual article.
  3. Exercise and eat proper nutrition for your body. This one is SO important! You need to feel connected to your body to release stress and connect to your creative power (the same chakra – Svadhishthana – associated with our sexuality, fyi!). Eating an alkaline diet will help you to stay hydrated and more in tune with your body and heart. Loving your body brings you self-respect, confidence and healthy sexuality.
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Practicing yoga is a gentle and loving way to energize your body and release stress.

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The more love we feel for ourselves, and for the world around us, the more love we will attract to our lives.
Do you love yourself enough? Take a moment to reflect and be very honest with yourself..

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~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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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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