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Keep Your Eyes Open For Wonderful Experiences

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I really find it quite interesting how we can sometimes learn some interesting lessons about ourselves and indeed life when we least expect it. I am the type of person that if I want to learn about something, I will usually read a book, watch a seminar or listen to an audio program. I have studied for literally hundreds of hours, learning ways to try to improve myself in different areas of my personal and professional life.

In the past when I wanted to learn about success, health, finances, positivity etc, the first thing that I always did was look for a great book that would teach me and guide me how I could achieve my desired goal. I always believed that the best knowledge could be found in books, audio and video programs. While this is indeed true to a large extent, I recently discovered and realized that some of life’s most valuable lessons can sometimes be found right in front of our eyes, but only if we look for the clues. Let me give you an example.

I recently went to a Blogger’s conference in Dublin. I had received an email with details of the conference a few days before the event took place. The conference was going to be taking place near to where I live, the venue was also going to be held in a wonderful building and the list of speakers was going to be really great. The email went on to say how I could enter a competition to win tickets to the full day event if I Tweeted a sentence with a particular #hashtag. The winner would be announced the next day at 3pm. So I sent my Tweet and the following day I refreshed my emails every few seconds after 3pm to see if I had won, but there was no sign of my winning ticket. I checked a few hours later and the tickets were won by someone else. I must admit, I felt quite disappointed.

A few days passed, it was the day of the conference. I woke up thinking how really interesting the conference would have been. It could have been a great chance to meet hundreds of like minded people with the same interest as me and listen to a bunch of great speakers covering topics that really interested me. But instead, I was at home missing out on this opportunity and experience.

An hour or two passed and I said to myself almost out loud “get dressed, get yourself ready and just go!” and I did. I got dressed, left my house and made my way to the conference.

The conference had already started by the time that I got there. The atmosphere was buzzing inside the venue. I could feel the excitement, positivity and really great vibe as I entered the hall. On the stage, speaker after speaker each took total command of the stage while all of the attendees like myself hung on their every word. Notes were quickly written, photos and videos were taken from every angle as ways to capture a memory of the event. The first thing that struck me was the sheer confidence of each speaker. Speaker after speaker, each one of them spoke with passion and confidence about their particular topic and as a result they each held the audience in the palm of their hand. The speakers were so passionate about the subject that they spoke about that they exuded with confidence.

 

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The second thing that really struck me was that I had nearly missed out on this incredible experience and opportunity to meet and connect with some wonderful people because I almost left it up to chance and a competition. I learned a lot of things that day, the two greatest things that I took away from the experience was that the more passionate that you are about something the more confidant that you can become. I also learned not to miss out on anything.

Don’t miss the chance to meet like minded people, don’t miss out on a positive experience, don’t miss out on a new way to learn and grow as a person. What started off as a simple competition in an email, has made me open my eyes and look out for more of life’s lessons in different ways. Also, take action, don’t hesitate or leave it to chance if there is an opportunity to meet with other like minded people, or to experience a great way to learn new things. Not all lessons and knowledge can be found in books or dvd’s. Some wonderful lessons and experiences can happen in unusual ways.
Keep your eyes open, take action and don’t miss out.

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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