Thursday, August 22, 2013

Life is like a Roller-Coaster...

I am a fan of Mariah Carey, and this has been one of my favorite quotes from her.  Not only is life a gift that we have all been given, but it is also an adventure.  There are twists, turns, ups, downs, and even loops.  Good and bad, highs and lows.  However if you just sit back and never take any risks, try new things, or make the choice to get on and ride the roller-coaster of life, you won't get to experience the adventure.

Things are going to happen in life.  You may see them coming or they may take you by surprise.  You may even feel that at times your life has been turned upside down.  But it will turn back around and you will look back and be glad you went through that crazy loop or down that steep hill.  It makes you further appreciate your life and shows you just how much you can go through.

And then once you are on the ride of life, you must not disembark the ride until it has come to a full and complete stop.  You may at times want to give up and get off the ride, but then again you are not going to experience the full ride and what awaits around the next turn.  So jump in, buckle up, put your hands up, and enjoy the adventure of life!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

You are a body of energy...

Everything on earth and in this universe is energy.  You can look at this from a scientific/quantum physics angle being that we are all literally bodies of molecules at the core that are vibrating and creating energy.  And by definition energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just is.  From a spiritual angle the "energy" that we are made up of is described by some as our spiritual being, God, soul, etc.  Either way we are energy.

Now many of you may be saying well yes we are created (born) and destroyed (death).  But the actual part of you that is YOU has always been there, was always there, and is always there.  No matter what happens to you, how much your body ages or changes, who you interact with, what circumstances come through your life the YOU inside is still YOU.  The point of this concept is for you to take a moment to think about this realization.  That no matter what happens to you, YOU are still the same, YOU are still a body of energy.  You may go through abuse, strife, poverty, pain, hardship, and sadness but YOU are still there inside.

You can look at it from an even easier angle.  I bet most of you reading this would say that inside you still "feel" young, in your 20's or whatever.  Yes your physical body is aging and may be reminding you that you aren't physically as young as you used to be.  But inside you still feel like that young kid, you still like much of the same things, and you still see yourself as that person inside.  If not then it is time to revisit your inner self.  You can do this through meditation, reflection, or just letting go of external issues and realizing that they are just that, external.

This concept of energy can also be used in the law of attraction.  Having what you want in your life is all a matter of giving your thoughts and focus to that desire.  The universe will bring to you what you think about.  Thoughts become things.  And what is great about that is that because everything is energy, and cannot be created or destroyed, it already exists and always will.  So that desire you have already exists.  If you can imagine it, then it already exists because that thought came into your head meaning it had to already exist or you couldn't have even thought about it.

I know this might make your mind hurt a little to think about, but it is a pretty neat concept and can help put things into perspective.  And for those more religious folks think about what the basic definition of what God or Jesus is...a being that has been and always will be, cannot be created or destroyed...sounds a lot like energy.  Though we cannot physically see it, we know energy exists and is ever present in our lives.

So next time something happens to you that may not be the most favorable, remember that inside YOU are still YOU no matter what.  If you go through life realizing that YOU are always there no matter what it will help you cope with things and view life from a wider and greater angle.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Who are you surrounding yourself with?

The people who surround yourself with is a direct reflection of what you think and feel about yourself.  It is beneficial to constantly asses your relationships with those in your life.  Start by asking the questions from Jim Rohn's quote above.

"Who am I with?" - Is this someone you want to be with or are you with them because you feel you have to be?  Do I need this person in my life? What benefit are they serving?

"What are they doing to me?" - Is this person making you feel good about myself? Happy? Sad? Angry? Moody?  Are they helping you stay in a place of optimism and positivity? Are they supporting you in your goals and dreams, or are they cutting them down?

"What have they got me saying and reading?" - Are they making you feel challenged and wanting to learn more? Are they helping you grow and reach that next level in your life on a regular basis or are they keeping you where you are? What influence are they having on the types of books, shows, music, or other media you are observing, and is this helping or hurting your life?

"What do they have me thinking?" - Do they have you thinking thoughts of abundance, gratitude, and love? Are they making me hate, dislike, or harbor negative feelings about other people or situations in my life?

"What are they making me become?" - Is my relationship with them helping me become a better, happier person? Is my relationship causing me to become a resentful, angry, bitter person?

I think we all have had people in our lives in which we have had to evaluate the benefit of their relationship with us.  Some people are the exact type of people we want in our lives.  They help us see who we really are and are their supporting us through every up and down.  However, some people seem to always feed our negativity and even cause us to become someone who we are not.  Some people come into our lives for the very reason to teach us a lesson or to show us what qualities we do not like in ourselves and others.  It is our job to realize that and sever that tie with them.  You need to value YOU more than anyone else.  Your happiness and well-being is the utmost importance in your life.  Take the time to make sure that you are challenged, supported, loved, and cared for by those in your life.  And by focusing on that same high standards for yourself it will rub off on how you treat others in your life and they will value the same from you.  You are worth having people in your life who are worth it to you.