What many of us wish for is a place or state of being where work, family, relationships, and hobbies all come together harmoniously. We want balance. To achieve balance we need discipline. And discipline can be hard yet essential.
But it is also important to remember that life and our journey can be fun. It is not meant to be a to do list. Life isn’t supposed to be a daily grind. We can approach challenges with curiosity. Stress does not equal productivity.
We can’t forget: Our time on this Earth is limited. So love today.
If you don’t love the paint in your living room change it. If you are in a tense work environment bring photos of your loved ones. If you have clothes in your closet you have not worn for two years donate them. If you don’t like running as your exercise try yoga.
We are in control of creating a loving environment for ourselves. No one will do this for us.
There is no shortage of love. And life is too short to live without it.
Experts tell us that geology or hydrology of some areas attract more storms than others. The city of Bogor in Java holds the world record- 322 days of thunder a year. A few years ago, Tampa, Florida had the highest average of thunder in the United States at 94. These places are known as lightning nests.
Thunderstorms are a lot like relationships. They are powerful, electric, and sometimes destructive.
People in your life at one point or another will hurt you, unintentionally or intentionally. But suffering doesn’t purify your soul or make you stronger or wiser. Carrying around anger only diminishes your spirit.
If you are ready to forgive here are seven questions to ask yourself :
You never really can move on until you forgive and take full responsibility for the quality of your own life. Forgiveness must happen at your own pace. But remember it is important to be more committed to building a future instead of surviving a past.
Photo by Robin Lorenson. To view more of her work visit http://www.robinlorensonphoto.com/index2.php#/home/
The search for candidates for the Self Mastery Project started in March. We were looking for people who were ready to fully engage in their life – not just endure it.
We found our tribe full of brave souls, and the first weekend in April the program was launched with speaker, Kristoffer Carter. Kris is a meditation guru, musician, yogi, and father.
He spoke a lot about the importance of meditation and mindfulness. We as a culture have too many inputs. We have the Internet, family, jobs, TV, iPhones, and iPads. We are all bouncing from task to task. We are in the middle of answering an email and then we think, “ I should pay my water bill,” or we get on Facebook find an article and get lost clicking through a website of content. Some days, we are filling our brain full of information junk food.
We use Facebook or the online world as a break. But our brains and souls really need a pause.
The problem is when people are busy, and we all are in some way or another, the first thing that we stop doing is our exercise or our meditation practice. What we forget is that by taking 20 minutes for ourselves we become more productive.
If you have a really busy week then you need your meditation practice even more.
Your mind is your greatest asset, and how you use it determines the quality of your life.
To read more about Kristoffer Carter visit http://www.thisepiclife.com.
Routines are not all bad. Regular study routines can help us learn a foreign language like French. Doing yoga consistently builds flexibility in our body and helps our mind unscramble the constant stream of information it ingests.
But, routines can also bind us to a false sense of safety.
If you’re like me, you probably don’t like to have your schedule changed or plans disrupted. We are truly creatures of habit. I have a friend who eats the same thing for breakfast every day: oatmeal. I know a woman who’s worn the same perfume for twenty years. I don’t know what she’ll do if they stop making it. I drive the same route to work each day. We like our routines and habits. They give us the illusion of control.
Just because you have had that job for twenty-five years does not mean you are meant to carry on doing it. Maybe you don’t feel the sense of purpose you once felt within your profession. Or maybe, when you least expect it, you lose your secure job because your company is “moving in another direction.”
Routines, comforts, and conveniences are not everything. In fact sometimes they keep us from participating in the small spontaneous adventures.
Sometimes going through the motions of routine we miss life.
A team of researchers announced last week that they had detected ripples from gravitational waves – the first evidence of cosmic inflation. Without being too technical, the discovery of gravitational waves from the big bang could offer scientists their first glimpse of how the universe was born.
Several of the world’s mystics have pointed to the two most common paths to God: The path of wisdom and the path of love.
I think we forget that these paths often cross.
Existence of science does not banish a higher power. And a higher power does not eliminate science. Both groups of people are looking for answers to understand their world and what lies beyond it.
There is no wrong path or futile effort when it comes to your spiritual journey. Every man who seeks will find. Every woman who knocks will have the door opened to her.
The spirit we go in search of wants to be found.
Andre Linde, a physics professor at Stanford University, is “the founding father of cosmic inflation.” Online there is a video of a researcher telling him his theory has been proved. He looks shocked; His eyes well with tears. Thirty years of his life’s work has come to a conclusion, a conclusion he thought he would never see.
Despite the rapid pace of technology there is still simply a lot we don’t know. With that being said, I am always in awe of those who dedicate their career to ideas that might never be tangible in their lifetime.
Even though they may never “find” the evidence to prove their life’s work, they never stop searching.
That is admirable.
The blog photo today again is by photographer and storm chaser Robin Lorenson. To view her work visit: http://www.robinlorensonphoto.com
The Self-Mastery Project and my book, The Power of You, have really got me thinking about how people can reach beyond making a living and build meaningful lives.
I thought sharing mine with you might get you thinking about what you believe and need out of your life. Dig deep!
The Power of You Manifesto
by Dr. Chris Michaels
I believe in you. I believe in the power that resides within you. I believe that power is the presence of the one life of Spirit, the Creator of the universe. I believe you have been created as a unique and purposeful being with a soul assignment to complete.
I believe the spiritual journey you are on is right for you, and the challenges you face have been specifically chosen to bring you closer to Love. I believe you are a sacred and holy being, and should be treated as such.
I believe the time has come for you to awaken to the power that lies dormant within you.
I believe this is your moment in history and your true task is to leave the world better than you found it. I believe it’s time to set fear aside and face your destiny.
I am going to tell you a story about a young man. He is one year shy of thirty. His sculpture is exhibited at major museums across the United States. At the beginning of his career, this artist has accomplished more than some ever will in a lifetime.
A few weeks ago, this young man was invited to speak at a Museum Symposium. It should have been an exciting opportunity. But he was paralyzed with fear.
Tapping his feet in anxiety he said, “Everyone speaking at this symposium has a Ph.D. The artists included have shown internationally. They all have huge bodies of work. One artist even received a medal from Hillary Clinton… I don’t know why I am here. All of this is just above me.”
Feeling like an impostor aka Impostor syndrome can happen when you are out there taking risks and living your dreams. Comparing yourself to others or carting around the, I am not good enough feeling, only keeps you from sharing your story and your purpose with the world.
It is hard not to fear. Every day there seems to be something new to cause concern. But feeding this fear monster only makes it grow bigger.
Don’t let fear decide where you are going to work, whom you are going to love, or whether you will share your story with others or not.
At the symposium, this young man got up in front of peers, artists, curators, and scholars and told his story. He finished feeling strong and invigorated. Stepping out and being vulnerable helped him have faith in his work. It also helped him find new creative footing. He now is producing a new series of sculpture for an upcoming exhibition.
“Conquering fear is the soul’s greatest task and the next step on your journey of self -discovery.”
-The Power of You
* The photo is this week’s blog is by artist, photographer, and storm chaser Robin Lorenson. To see more of her work visit: http://www.robinlorensonphoto.com/index2.php#/home/
I like to read about successful people. I am fascinated by the stories of how they got where they are and what lessons they have learned along the way. You have to get interested in what you want in your life. That’s how you achieve it. By reading about or meeting prosperous people you can learn what tools brought them to their success.
But reading, meeting people, and asking questions will only get you so far. Being vulnerable and putting yourself out there is essential to accomplishing your goals and being your authentic self.
The origin of creativity and innovation is vulnerability.
Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg quiet literally changed the way we see the world. They didn’t become revolutionaries by sitting on their ideas and waiting for someone to come to them.
According to articles in the Guardian Profile and Stanford University News, “Jobs dropped out of college after six months and spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes, including a course on calligraphy. He continued auditing classes at Reed while sleeping on the floor in friends’ dorm rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.”
Being brave, vulnerable, and fearless may bring struggle. But being vulnerable also empowers you take ownership over your life.
“Having less than what your heart longs for is no longer acceptable. Charge forward in bold pursuit of your vision. You have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to make come true.”
-Dr. Chris Michaels, The Power of You.
Need a vocational awakening?
Apply to The Self-Mastery Project. For more information or to apply to The Self-Mastery Project visit: http://www.chrismichaels.net/programsandwebinars/self-mastery-program/
Photo by local artist and storm chaser Robin Lorenson. To view more of her work visit http://www.robinlorensonphoto.com/index2.php#/home/
It is the final week of our New Year, New You #giveaway! I hope you all making strides to live your best life.
My last gift to you is very special to me. I want to give you my mediation beads from Bali. In 2000 I visited the temple in the photo above. That is when I received these meditation beads. These beads are blessed by Hindu Priests. And they have helped me through my spiritual journey. And now I want them to help you through yours.
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter here!
Stay tuned, this Friday to see if you won!
Also- thank you all for participating in the giveaway. I hope it has provided some inspiration to keep you on your journey of self-discovery.
Ps. Want inspiration but don’t want to enter the giveaway? No worries. We have many FREE webinars.