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Monday, 8 December 2014

Enlightenment & the Fulfilment of Your Highest Purpose.

My photo of this cornflower greeting the sun. M'reen

Enlightenment & the Fulfilment of Highest Purpose.  Julie Griffin, 

Are you the type of person who gets through life or who gets into life? 
When you wake up in the morning do feel excited about the day ahead
or do you want to hide under your covers?
Do you know what you want to accomplish? 
Do you know how to accomplish your goals?
Why am I asking you these questions?
It is my way to get you to examine your thoughts and actions
and to help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
This questioning process is utilized to place you inside your own internal channel,
the channel that will lead you to your own truth, the truth that can free and empower you.  

Why is this questioning process useful?
I have noticed in my private practice as a clinical hypnotist
that often the clients who are not thriving
are the clients who have not taken the time to identify their goals and highest purpose.
These clients are simply getting through life instead of living life.

Conversely, the people who have a clear picture of where they want to go,
what they want to accomplish, and how best to accomplish their goals
are the clients that are the most successful, the happiest, and the healthiest.
In order to identify your highest purpose in life and to begin the process of its fulfilment,
you may choose to ask yourself the following questions. 

You could draw a circle with 3 or more segments and fill in how much of that goal
you are achieving & how much it would be reasonable for you to achieve in therapy or business
and how much you would like to achieve. ) ) )

List your three most important goals. 
If you could be, do, have, or become absolutely anything, what would you do? 
Are there any creative processes you wish to be better at? 
Are there any mental or academic processes you wish to perform better in?
Are there any functions of your work life you wish to be more competent at? 
Do you have any physical conditions which are currently limiting you in any way? 
Do you eat the kind of food that creates health and energy in your body? 
Do you meditate or pray often? 
Do you stop to examine how much you have to be thankful for? 
Do you take time to notice all the beauty in the world around you? 
Do you exercise regularly? 
Do you set goals and evaluate your progress and behavior periodically?
Do you give yourself pep talks? 
Are you aware of any obstacles standing in the way of your success? 
Do you regularly take steps towards achieving your goals? 
My reasons for suggesting that you ask yourself these questions are three-fold.
First, it gets you to stop and examine your life and to identify your strengths and weaknesses. The second reason is that it suggests things that you might do to improve your life
and your health.
The last reason for doing this questionnaire is because you can use the answers as a guideline as to what you should think about, visualize, and do to get on course toward your total fulfilment.

Once you have done the conscious soul-searching necessary to answer the questions
you can spend time in a relaxed state visualizing your life how you want it to be.

Steps that will help you to do this follow: 
 
Imagine that your entire body and mind are relaxing.
Feel your mind and spirit soar into a higher plane of awareness as your body relaxes.
Picture your life as it is now and become consciously aware of any obstacles
that are standing in the way of your obtaining your own perfection.
Use your imagination to see and feel yourself moving the obstacles out of the way
and creating a clear path to your ultimate goal.
Picture yourself making the important changes in your life that will create your success.
Picture your final outcome as though it has already been achieved.
Fill in all the details of what it will look and feel like to be totally happy, healthy, fulfilled,
and successful.
Imagine that your mind and spirit are rejoining your physical body in a highly energized
and powerful way. 
Return to your "real" life with the knowledge that you have the power and energy
necessary to make changes in your life and to achieve your own highest purpose.

 While this procedure may sound complicated, it is not.
It's simply a matter of relaxing your body and focusing on what you want to achieve.
A very simple version of it can be achieved in seconds merely by focusing your mind
and visualizing what you want.
The more this process is repeated the more energy (life) you will be giving to it
and the more likely you will be to create it.

If you desire to supercharge your visualization session you may choose to record
some of the suggestions below in your own voice (or use your own suggestions),
and play them while you are in the relaxed and focused state:

" Now that I am in this higher plane of awareness I can clearly identify any obstacles
standing in the way of my success. I feel myself gaining power and courage
to move the obstacles out of my way. I see myself feeling happier and healthier with each step
I take toward my fulfilment. I am becoming more positive about my success
and more excited about my life. I now have the thoughts, deeds, and actions, of a happy, healthy, and fulfilled person. I consistently think clearly and act in my own best interest
and in the best interest of mankind. I always know when to act and when to wait.
I communicate with those around me perfectly and lovingly. I notice the beauty in nature
and it nourishes me. I turn every situation into a situation that is productive.
I operate inside the flow of the universe knowing that as I do so and as I operate toward
the good of mankind that the universe will provide me with everything I need for support.
I am now on a fruitful, prosperous course. Each day I gain momentum towards achieving
my goals. Each day my levels of health, happiness, peace, and success increase.
All my capacities are comfortably expanding. I feel myself turning on my own power
and creativity. I consistently treat myself in a loving and respectful  manner.
There is a glowing light radiating from my heart.
This light heals and protects me. Each day I fall more in love with the world around me
as I fall more in love with myself.........etc." 

So What About Enlightenment? What Is It? Where Do You Find It?
There are many ways to define enlightenment. A few definitions follow:
 'A blessed state marked by the absence of suffering.
An ability to see internally and externally with total clarity. knowledge, illumination
or awareness of spiritual insight.'
When I think of the term enlightenment, the thoughts which come to my mind are those of love, peace, inner harmony, respect, and freedom. I am aware that as I operate in a manner
That is in keeping with the manifestation of my highest purpose I will become increasingly enlightened. So to me, the fulfillment of my highest purpose and the achievement
of enlightenment go hand-in-hand.
One state creates the other - they are not separate. I have come to realize weakness
occurs in me only when I am operating in a way that is inconsistent to the fulfilment
of my highest purpose-when I am feeling separate from mankind, separate from the flow
of the universe. I am aware that every day I must choose to forgive, to accept, and to share love and knowledge if I wish to achieve enlightenment and be 'in the flow'.
I have found that as I give these gifts freely to myself and others that miracles occur.
So I invite you to step inside the flow of the universe, to find yourself there thriving,
pleasuring in your own strength, bathing the beauty of the world around you.
Once you find yourself inside the flow you will never feel alone
and you will receive all the insight, love, and energy that you need. 
www.hypnosistoday.com

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.ourinnerminds.blogspot.com              this takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. 
www.turbochargedreading.blogspot.com      describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers.
www.happyartaccidents.blogspot.com         just for fun.
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To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”


Monday, 1 December 2014

These 7 tips can help you back off and be even more productive.

I chose this photo from my collection because however you are travelling along a canal
you have to go at your optimum pace for your purpose. M'reen

These 7 tips can help you back off and be even more productive.
Bruna Martinuzzi

If your brain is always working overtime to make it through your never-ending to-do list,
it may be time to give it a rest.  

Do you ever feel overwhelmed just thinking about all you have to do?
Do you find yourself snapping at others who seem to be too laid back?
Have you given up too many things that you used to enjoy because you're too focused on work?
You may be a victim of mental fatigue.

Mental fatigue is the result of brain over-activity. It can happen when you expend too much mental effort on a project or task. You may pride yourself on your laser-focusing ability, spending long hours on a task, day in and day out. But every strength, taken to the extreme, becomes a liability.
Your overdrive eventually catches up with you, and you deplete your mental gas tank.
The result is mental fatigue.

Research shows that mental fatigue results in an inability to concentrate
and an increase in simple mistakes.
Unchecked, mental fatigue leads to feeling stressed, irritated that you can't keep up
and even depressed. What's more, being in a state of mental fatigue not only affects your well-being, it also spills over into your interactions with family and others you associate with.
It's draining for them to be around someone who is continuously mentally exhausted. 

If you think you may be mentally fatigued, here are seven tips to help you prevent and combat it.

1. Stop Low-Yield Activities
Be ruthless about how you spend your time. Instead of mindlessly moving from one task to the next, focus on activities that grow your business. Stop burning away hours reading Facebook updates
or answering useless emails. Instead, keep those activities for a scheduled, timed break,
then move away to something more worthwhile. Don't meet with acquaintances who want to get together for coffee—these are often people who have time to waste and want to waste it with you. 

Use the time you've saved to learn new things, and pursue activities that increase your well-being and the quality of your life. Focus on strengthening your bonds with family, friends and associates. Do what fuels your mind and fills your heart. If you rescue wasted time consistently
over the course of a year, you'll be richer for it and will feel more energized.

2. Use the Timebox Technique
Timebox is a term that originated in the software development industry.
It's defined as a period of time during which a task must be accomplished.
Entrepreneurs like Steve Pavlina use timeboxing as a way to manage work projects.
Because timeboxing forces you to limit the time you allot to certain tasks that run the risk
of taking far more time than they're worth, it counteracts any perfectionist approaches
to the wrong tasks and ensures that you do the best job you can within a set time frame.

3. Try Focus@Will
Focus@Will is a music service that's based on the latest research in neuroscience.
The selected music helps you focus, reduce distractions and retain information.
As the company behind this intersection of art and science explains,
most people can only concentrate for about 100 continuous minutes:
"The focus@will system makes it easier for you to get into the concentration flow, and then keeps you there. It works in the background by subtly soothing the part of your brain, the limbic system, 
that's always on the lookout for danger, food, sex or shiny things."

By staying focused, you can get more done in a shorter amount of time, so you can free up more time and reduce your chances of mental fatigue. Entrepreneur Sean Ogle described the program 
as "magic." You can try it out for free for 30 days and see what happens.

4. Be Kind to Your Eyes
Staring at a computer for long hours while you work causes eye fatigue, which can tire you out and negatively affect your ability to focus. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid this. For example, every once in a while, look away from your computer screen and focus on distant objects or take a minute to stare out the window. Also, lower the brightness of your monitor—research shows that when you lower the brightness, the reduction in your ability to focus
drops by half and you feel less fatigued.

Check out "How to Combat Eye Fatigue Right Now" for other ideas.
If you have employees, also consider the computer workstations advice published
by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

5. Don Your Sneakers
Research reported in Science Daily reveals that a bout of exercise makes the brain more resistant
to fatigue. According to the study, "These findings could lead to the enhancement 
of athletic performance through reduced mental and physical fatigue."
What works for athletes can also work for you.

6. Learn to Do Nothing Once in a While
We're a nation of doers—continuously on the go, rushing from meeting to meeting,
project to project. Even when we're on vacation, a large number among us spends more time 
surfing the Internet rather than surfing the waves.
John Lennon once said, "Everybody seems to think I'm lazy. I don't mind, I think they're crazy. Running everywhere at such a speed, till they find there's no need.”
Planning for a little idleness in your week is a smart move if you're trying to refresh your spirit
—it's a powerful antidote to mental fatigue.

7. Reduce Your Sleep Debt
Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you should be getting 
and the amount you actually get. It's not uncommon for professionals to miss 
several hours of sleep for a few days in a row. This is a sure-fire way to invite mental fatigue.

Research shows, on average, Americans lose one hour of sleep each night—more than two full weeks of slumber every year. This has a negative impact on our health. As the research shows, you can't train yourself to be a "short sleeper." What's more, a study found that the more tired you get, the less tired you feel, which makes you think you're not shorting yourself.
It's time to earn back your lost sleep: Make it a practice to go to bed when you're tired
and give your body the rest it needs so you can stop mental fatigue in its tracks. 

"The energy of the mind is the essence of life," Aristotle said. Energy is everything. Mental fatigue saps us of our most precious life energy. These seven strategies will help you guard against this.

 https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/7-secrets-preventing-mental-fatigue/

Regarding No. 6, as a self employed person it is useful  to book an appointment for Mr Potter
for some pottering around time.
I recently went to a meeting of therapists and everyone there said that 
they needed to give or were recently giving more time and care to themselves.

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.ourinnerminds.blogspot.com              this takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. 
www.turbochargedreading.blogspot.com     describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers.
www.happyartaccidents.blogspot.com        just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What’s the Real Return on Optimism? A Survey

What’s the Real Return on Optimism? A Survey
Jan Moran

 Well, color me happy!
As a writer and entrepreneur, I’ve often witnessed the power of optimism in business. 
An optimistic attitude instils confidence in business partners,
from clients to employees to investors.

To determine the real return on optimism, simply flip the switch:
Consider the damage that an oppressive workplace can do.
What would that do to your business partners? Your employees?

Optimism: As Simple As Answering the Phone with a Smile
An optimistic attitude creates a cheerful working environment,
making it a joy rather than a drudge to go to work.
If you’re in the business of customer service, and really, who isn’t? — then a joyful interaction
is not only a rare thing of beauty, but it might also make the difference
between your client happily signing on the dotted line again — or not.
In my last business, I asked everyone to answer the phone with a smile.
Some thought I was a little nuts, but try it for yourself — you can actually hear a smile
over the phone. Soon, callers began saying things like, “It’s always such a joy to speak to you folks. You’re like an oasis in my day. I look forward to calling your company.”
Music to my ears.


Optimism Sets the Stage for Successful Resolutions
That meant that when callers were transferred to me,
I had a client or vendor in a good mood on the line.
What a difference! Even if there was a problem to resolve,
the optimistic attitude set the stage for a successful resolution.

Optimism began to creep through the company in small ways.
The receptionist took ownership and created her own joyful answer:
“It’s a beautiful day at Scentsa, how can we help you?”
Surprise and delight became the order of the day.

Optimism Drives Creativity
Ever try to be creative with a dark cloud over your head?
Pretty tough, huh? Negativity kills creativity.
Our most creative days were when optimism ruled.
Often, when management or investors dictate change and a negative person is forced into the mix, creativity suffers. Then sales suffer. Clients get cranky. It’s a slippery slope.

Keep optimism high.
Now, my best days of writing begin with a sunny attitude. My expectation is that it’s going to be a great day. So what happens on my worst days? You guessed it. They started the way they ended. The page bleeds red ink. Might as well have stayed in bed.

Optimism is Money in the Bank
Even if optimism isn’t exactly money in the bank, at the very least it primes the financial spigot.
One thing is certain, if you’re trying to create a product, build a company, or turn one around,
you won’t do it nearly as well with a negative attitude.
In business school, I remember the case study of Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx.
With his optimistic attitude, Smith inspired such dedication to the cause
that when the going got tough, his employees made personal sacrifices
to keep the company afloat — sacrifices which were later well-rewarded with success.

Optimism is a Can-Do Attitude
It might sound a little old-fashioned, but you’ll never accomplish your goal without the belief
that you can do it. Plant seeds of happiness and cultivate your attitude like a garden.
Create a plan, work that plan, adjust and seize opportunities that arise, but above all
be sure to add a dose of cheerful optimism. Plus, you’ll enjoy the ride a whole lot more.
That’s why I’m such a big fan of Richard Branson, Mr. Optimism.
You gotta have a dream.

Optimism Escaping You?
Can’t summon the sunshine? Let’s be realistic: If you just can’t seem to summon an optimistic mindset, you might be suffering from depression. Maybe you need to seek help. That’s okay.
My heart goes out to the family of actor Robin Williams; he is missed by so, so many,
but his death put a spotlight on this often crippling condition.
It you’re suffering, reach out for help.

What’s Your Return on Optimism Investment? Measure It!
So how might you calculate this seemingly elusive return on optimism?
Glad you asked! Here’s a quick, fun survey to calculate your return on optimism.
Follow the link, take a quick 10-question survey, and discover your score.
Plus, you’ll gain some valuable insights. (Don’t worry, it’s totally free, no gimmicks.)
Then, come back and share your score and insights.  
Post it in the comments — and think about what you could change in your life,
or in your business, to improve it?
Your actions might be drastic — maybe you’ll decide to fire a client.
Or you might try something small, like smiling when you answer the phone.
Or get up a little earlier and grab 20 to 30 minutes of exercise, or meditation or prayer,
before the day revs up.

Think about it…
And how would that change your life?
  
Disclosure: This article was commissioned by Xerox.
http://www.janmoranwrites.com/2014/08/29/whats-real-return-optimism-survey/

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.ourinnerminds.blogspot.com              this takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. 
www.turbochargedreading.blogspot.com     describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers.
www.happyartaccidents.blogspot.com        just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”