Pessimist to Optimist

  If you have the habit of seeing things from a pessimistic viewpoint, then all you need to do is broaden your scope for a moment and step outside of your negative perspective. View the situation from a different light. See the opportunity in every difficulty, not the difficulty in every opportunity. Focus on the possibilities and not the impossibilities. Be more optimistic and you’ll be healthier and less stressed than when you were a pessimist.   Focus on the present Worries are an illusion. They make you live in the future, giving you the belief that you are very busy and takes you away from the present. Worries are an excuse for not doing what you really have to be doing. A reactive person appears very busy and worried. With worry, no problems can be resolved. A proactive person focuses attention on the present, acts with initiative, and the understanding that being calm and free from worry is far more effective. Internal And External Attachments  Each time we attach ourselves to anything which is external or internal (we have mentioned some common examples of both types of attachments in the last two days’ messages), we create fears, amongst which the main one is the fear of loss of what I am attached to. The attachment not only gives rise to fear but also brings with it emotions like anger, ego, sadness, jealousy, greed, comparisons, hatred etc. All these emotions have their roots in attachment, which gives rise to insecurity. Any type of attachment out of the ones mentioned in the last two days’ messages or some other is a sanskar that is so...

Courage

  Courage is taking a step forward into an area of difficulty without a solution in mind, trusting that whatever help you need will become available. Responsibility Accepting responsibility without feeling burdened by it may seem unrealistic. Yet it is possible so long as we stay close to our inner self and strength. If we are willing to trust them, spiritual principles and values work like unseen hand guiding everything in a beneficial direction. When we remain aware of this force at work, we can accept responsibility and strive to fulfill it without worrying about results. Listening To The Voice Of The Intellect The subtle or non-physical sense organ of the non-physical soul which we use to judge something as right or wrong, good or bad and then make a choice or decision is the intellect. When we are body-conscious, we are attached to many things such as people, our role, objects, money, even our own ideas and beliefs, etc. Due to these attachments, we are constantly creating emotions of fear and anger in the energy of our consciousness. It is these two emotions which then overpower or influence our intellect and stop us from judging clearly and correctly between right and wrong. This constant inner emotional noise of worry and irritation (the seeds of fear and anger) do not allow us to hear the deepest part of our intellect, which is our intuition. When we are soul-conscious, we are free from attachment and therefore fear and anger. Our consciousness is calm, focused and keenly aware of the quiet, but extremely wise voice of our intuition (inner wisdom). Decision-making is easier and choices are...

Get Through the Day

    For the days when you wonder how you’re going to get through the day, what do you do to give yourself that extra oomph to keep going? Try this: take a break, even if it’s just a few minutes. Find a window and look out to catch the light, the space and the possibility of seeing something new. Clear your head. Go from a frown to a smile. Let the brow become smooth, the features soft. Feel free, feel new and notice how the day changes for the better. Faith When we are continuously being battered by the storms of life, and our very spirit is ebbing away, then all we need to do is hang onto that gift called “Faith” that one support which will weather the storms. Faith does not depend on a clever head, only belief; belief in the self and the strength that lies within. Faith is the seed of victory and the foundation of making the impossible possible. Absorbing Spiritual Light Just as darkness is the absence of light, negativity which manifests as vices and weaknesses inside us is merely the absence of spiritual light. Through the influence of negativity, the sense organs waste away the light. The question of vice, or sin, has been of a lot of importance in religion. No matter how much political or religious control has been imposed, nothing has been able to block the internal wasting away of the “light” of the soul. Light has a source but darkness does not. Darkness is not created by any source but is rather the absence of a source. In...

Creative Writing

    Put yourself in a creative space and make time to write. Write poetry, fiction, anything. You don’t have to write for anyone, just write for yourself. Don’t let the rules of language become a barrier. Evoke a moment in time, a person, an event, an impression, a feeling, an insight. Give voice to the deep and meaningful part of yourself. Be creative, be honest, be brave and write. Personal growth When someone says something that I don’t like, I usually see the other person’s negativity and continue to find fault with him. This is usually because I am not able to understand the particular situation. I need to recognize the fact that people in my life are there for a reason and I can learn from everything that happens through my interactions with them. Recognizing this fact will stop me from blaming others and start using each teaching for my own personal growth. Internal And External Attachments Attachment can be on two levels – either internal or external. Some common examples of external attachments are attachments to: * people, * objects, * your physical body, * your position or role in your family, society or in your professional field, * money, * places, * physical comfort/comforts, * the way you look or dress up or carry yourself or your physical personality in general, * a particular skill/skills, * a particular interest or hobby like watching movies, online social networking, etc. * your routine or a certain way of working at home or at the workplace, * respect from others, * how people see you or behave with you or what they think...

Walk in your own shoes

    Would you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes in order to understand them – where they’re coming from and where they’re going? But can we really understand others? We can keep trying, but at the same time remember, someone else’s shoes will not always fit. To understand others better, we have to understand ourselves and walk in our own shoes. Understand who we are, where we’re coming from and where we’re going. Consciousness  Sometimes, while doing even a special task, our consciousness tends to become ordinary because of negative feelings for the self or others. Such thoughts make even a special task into an ordinary one. So what has to be done in a beautiful way is done in a very ordinary way. So there is a tendency to just perform action and finish the task at hand, which does not bring specialty and accuracy as much as it should. We need to understand that as is the consciousness, so is the feeling behind the task, and therefore its quality. When we are able to start each task with a special consciousness, like “I am victorious”, or “I am powerful” or “this task is for the benefit of all”, we are able to experience the specialty of doing the task. We are also able to increase our state of self-respect, whatever the task or however simple it maybe. Self Respect Self-respect depends on knowing who I am, knowing my eternal (ageless), spiritual self. When I have found that sense of spiritual identity, I feel I have a right to be here, to exist. Without the spiritual...

Readiness

  Worrying about how everything will get done or whether I am capable of doing it limits my ability to respond to challenges considerably. The less I think about doing something, the faster I just get on with it, the fewer problems I cause myself. Good planning is always helpful, but time spent fretting and just procrastinating is a major drain on my energy. The more willing I am to respond positively to opportunities the more my capacity will grow. Seeing Specialties When we come into contact with others, it is easy to see their negativity or weaknesses. Then through our words and attitude, we repeatedly remind them of their weaknesses. So we tend to become a reminder for others for their own negativity. This in turn negatively influences our every interaction with others. Making others aware of their specialties and subtly encouraging them to use these specialties is a great help that we can do for others. When we are able to give this unique help and cooperation, we not only find benefit for others, but we are also able to get the good wishes of others. Even others naturally become positive with our positive attitude. Freeing Oneself from Hatred  To free yourself from hatred, you will have to take four important steps: 1. Understand that hate is not healthy. When you have a feeling of loss you feel sad. This feeling of sadness, because of the situation, generally gets created inside you before the feeling of hate, anger or frustration. Understand your emotions by observing them closely. 2. Accept that you are responsible for your own rage....

Like a Torchbearer

    Like the torchbearers, carry a flame of light wherever you go. To carry the flame is, to let the light shine through your smile. Pass the torch onto everyone you meet, because a smile makes everything light, and makes everyone feel better. Stubbornness When someone disbelieves me I usually tend to argue back and try to prove my point to the others but find that I am not able to convince them. Yet I find that the more I talk the less I am listened to. And I only end up getting frustrated. When someone challenges the truth of my words, I need to check within myself if there is something that I can correct or learn. When I learn to do this, instead of being stubborn with what I have to say or blaming others, I find it easy to tolerate.   The Four Pillars Of A Spiritual Lifestyle – Achieving A Balance A balanced and fulfilling spiritual life is like a table. It stands on four legs and if one leg is shorter than the others then both balance and equilibrium will be difficult. The four legs or pillars of a spiritual life are given below in the form of four subjects. If any of the subjects is not a part of our lives or is a part of our life, but not to as great an extent as the others, then the overall balance of our spiritual life will be affected adversely (negatively). 1. Daily spiritual study (knowledge or gyan) Daily spiritual study provides the right quality of nourishment for our mind and intellect, the...

Choices

Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life. Practice Most of the times, theory and practice become two different things in our lives. We know a lot of things, but we do not bring that into our practical lives. We only tend to talk about it to those around. So our valuable thoughts are wasted, creating a habit of wastage. We have to make effort for ourselves. We need to start applying into practice what is good and worthy. The first step is to understand. Having understood we need to sustain these thoughts by bringing them to action. Not only will our lives be enriched, but also there will be power in every thought of ours. Going Beyond False Identifications The more I identify with the physical factors of my life, the more I become a prisoner to my destiny or the various up and downs of my life. E.g. if my self-respect is attached to my beautiful new car, how will I feel about myself when the car becomes old and its beauty and shine reduce? Or if I my car is stolen or gets immensely damaged in a road accident? Then, I shall find myself in an identity crisis. The same will be true if my business or job is everything to me. If one day, I am in a good financial state and...

Suicidal Tendency in Teenagers?

Do you have someone who stays depressed and/or shows verbal or nonverbal inclination towards suicide? You can probably help him/her out.Below find out the reason why one feels like suiciding or feel depressed. Intrapersonal Intelligence:   This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities,those who are strongest in this intelligence are typically introverts and prefer to work alone and they are usually highly self-aware and enjoy a natural ability to assess one’s own strengths,weaknesses,talents and interests and understand their own emotions,goals,intuitions and motivations very well to create and express a personal view. Inter-personal Intelligence:   This area has to do with interaction with others.People in this category are usually extroverts and are characterized by their sensitivity to other moods,feelings,temperaments etc.. Individuals with low Intra and Inter personal Intelligence often have the tendency of Suicide,Depression,Negative Thoughts. To know about your or your child’s Intra and Inter personal Intelligence do a DMIT Test with Remedial Counselling. Contact us: AMP COUNSELLING CENTRE  7506608022/33 ...

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