How to Stay Motivated

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In my coaching practice I hear people, quite often, about their struggle to stay motivated as they move through life storms. They feel that it is difficult to stay positive when everything is coming at them at the same time. It is hard for them to see a way out because it feels too overwhelming. Have you ever felt this way?

I certainly have. This is why I feel so much compassion and I do my best to really try to help. The first thing I do, is to listen attentively so they have the opportunity to release and let go. That’s the first you can do if you feel you are in a similar situation. Express your fears, doubts, anger and frustration in writing. Release everything you are feeling, all your emotions, without judging yourself. This will help you to let go of what is hurting you.

The second thing I do is to share some ideas and tools that they can use to help themselves stay motivated. Here are some:

  • Be compassionate with yourself. If you feel down, instead of judging yourself, find ways to shift the energy. It is important to do it right away; otherwise it can go down into a spiral of negativity and despair. To shift the energy, you can journal, go for a walk, use affirmations, read or watch something uplifting, pray, sing, and breath.
  • Surround yourself with good company. It is important to seek the company of positive, happy, and peaceful people. Maybe you can find out about volunteering groups or support groups.
  • Participate in conversations that are uplifting. Let go of the temptation to share stories that are negative or situations in your life that are challenging. Leave them for God or a coach.
  • Remind yourself that you are not a victim. You are responsible for what you are creating and the more you stay positive and enthusiastic, the more you will be creating winning results in your life. You are a child of God and His power runs throughout your veins.
  • Develop a strong will power. When we exercise in a gym we have to use our will power to stay committed and to be consistent and persevere. We have to have the same attitude when we go through the storms in life. We have to stay strong, remain committed and be faithful with a positive expectation of what lies ahead of us.

Affirm: “I always find ways to help myself to stay motivated

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Serving with joy

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I have been living at Ananda Village in California for almost 3 years. Before I came here I thought I understood the meaning of serving with joy. However, living in this spiritual community, I am learning the real meaning and the so many different ways we can express it.

Serving with joy is the heart of Ananda. The attitude residents have, no matter what task they have in front of them, is one of cooperation, compassion, kindness, love and joy. Everything is service here. This is how Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda Communities explains it: “We should view whatever gainful employment we seek as a service, never merely as work. The mere thought of hard work, indeed, often drains a person’s energies, whereas joyful, willing service opens inner floodgates to a boundless supply of energy.”

And what is amazing is that this is not only expressed here at Ananda Village but also in the other communities in the United States and other parts of the world. We recently had here at Ananda, a weekend retreat for Hispanic families. The last day of the retreat one of the mothers, who is a doctor and a member of the Palo Alto community in California, was sweeping the floors and cleaning with great joy. Another lady, very successful in her business, was cleaning the toilets. What I see with all of this, is that the ego is put aside and the willingness to serve takes its place.

Here are some tips that I offer to serve with joy:

  1. Stay focused and centered on the task at hand. This way your energy will flow in one direction to accomplish it successfully.
  2. Bring peace and calmness into every activity. If you get disturbed by anything, do whatever you can bring yourself into balance. You can use breathing exercises.
  3. Remind yourself that the Divine Presence in you is serving others through you. Feel the joy.
  4. The more you serve with joy, the more joy you feel. This is the law of cause and effect.

Affirm: “My joyful, willing service, opens my heart to others”

 

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Change the Station

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I recently heard a Sunday message from the spiritual director of Ananda, Nayaswami Jyotish that really touched my heart. He shares that the more we practice any attitude, the easier it becomes. Whatever attitudes we practice we become very good at those attitudes. He tells the story of an 8 year old that delivers an amazing speech asking: “What do you practice? Whatever you practice, you’ll get good at it. If you practice complaining, you’ll get very good at it. You will be able to complain about everything.  If you practice peace, you’ll get very good at it. If you practice joy or happiness, you’ll get very good at it.” 

It is important to be honest with ourselves and ask, what am I practicing? If we realize that we are practicing negative attitudes, we must have the will power to shift the energy, so we are not held back by those habits or attitudes.

Nayaswami Jyotish says: “There are habits in your life that try to pull your consciousness up and there are other that try to pull your consciousness down, so our job is to ask yourself: What do I practice? Do I practice those habits that are pulling my consciousness down, or do I practice those habits that are pulling my consciousness up?”

He continues to say: “The habits or thoughts always follow the energy. Thoughts are universally, not individually rooted. Where do you have the dial of your consciousness tuned to?

When those thoughts are going around, don’t think I am this. Think what station am I tuned into? And is that station making me happy? If you stay tuned to that station you are not going to scape the thoughts that come with that station.

When you find that a pattern is going on, that you don’t want in yourself, or that you feel is destructive to your peace of mind or your well being or your spiritual advancement, then, change the station. And you have the power to do that because you also chose the station that you are listening to.

How do you change the station?

  • We have to put out the opposite energy to whatever that station is playing in our consciousness.
  • Bring your energy up to a higher consciousness simply by Deep breathing and right posture, standing up straight bringing your shoulders back
  • Get your energy moving in a positive direction.
  • Counteract a specific attitude with the opposite attitude
  • Worry is counteracted by faith. Greed is counteracted by giving.”

Affirm: “I go forth in perfect faith in the Power of Omnipresent good, to bring me what I need at the time I need it.”

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Finding Peace and Happiness

 

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It has taken me many years and great suffering to finally stop looking for happiness and inner peace outside of myself. For a long time, I was convinced that the people in my life, parents, siblings, husband, and friends had the responsibility to make me happy.

That happiness was not lasting. It was there one day and the next day it was gone. This created constant turmoil inside of me. It also created resentment and a behavior of playing victim, blaming, judging and complaining. Obviously, all of these feelings generated the absence of inner peace.

I also looked for peace and happiness in external things, like vacations, places, neighborhoods, houses, jobs, careers, cars, and material things. I did not find them there either.

It was only when I decided to look inside, and understand who I was and my relationship with the Creator of the Universe, that I started to see the light at the other side of the tunnel. Here is what I discovered about finding peace and happiness:

  1. I needed to spend time in meditation to still my mind and connect with the divine inside of me, who is the source of all happiness and peace.
  2. I learned how to pray, not as a beggar, but as a child of God deserving of His blessings and happiness.
  3. I discovered that peace and happiness reside inside of me and I am the only one who has to decide to awaken them from within.
  4. I learned that nobody and nothing could deprive me from experiencing lasting peace and happiness. It is 100% up to me to have the right attitude about all experiences in my life.
  5. I learned that God is joy and if I attune myself with His consciousness, I am able to experience His joy flowing through me.
  6. I understood that I could be a channel of transformation. The more I awaken the peace and happiness that resides in me, the more I can impact others in a positive way.

Affirm: “As I go inward I find eternal peace and happiness.”

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How to Attract Prosperity

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I have been teaching prosperity universal principles for years. All the authors of the books that I have used as guides for my classes talk about the importance of a positive attitude to attract prosperity. For example, Donald Walters, the author of “Money Magnetism” says, “a consciousness of abundance attracts abundance.”
 
Isn’t this the same principle about anything that we want in life? We must expect it, see it with our mind and keep a positive attitude. It is important to remember that the consciousness of abundance is not found in the external world. You must be willing to go within and let go of any negative habits, beliefs or behaviors that block your prosperity.
 
My own life experiences have demonstrated that the more I am willing to consciously affirm prosperity in every area of my life, the more I attract it. I have realized that there is a divine power behind everyone who wants for us to prosper. However, if we keep negating our birthright to be prosperous, with the language that we use, and with any negative behavior, it is impossible for prosperity to show up in our life. The secret is to become aware of those moments when we allow the negative influence of others or simply our own mind, and be willing to change our thoughts, conversations, and attitudes on the spot. We are creatures of habit and we can develop new habits that are healthier and more life affirming.
 
I have learned that instead of controlling external circumstances I must change from within and change the habits and beliefs that limit my prosperity. Here are some ideas on how you can expand your prosperity in every aspect of your life:

  • Health. Consistently affirm that you are healthy, that your organs function well and your body is full of energy.
  • Relationships. Put out the best energy to accept people the way they are. Be willing to forgive quickly. Focus on the positive.
  • Career. See yourself successful, using your talents to make a difference in this world, and enjoying what you do. Be a team player.
  • Money. Affirm prosperity. Be creative. Visualize abundance.
  • Recreation. Find creative ways to enjoy life. Take walks in nature, go to a park to read a book, watch an inspirational movie.
  • Well-Being. Affirm: My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity

I love this quote from Paramhansa Yogandanda: “I will with my own will, which flows from the Divine will, to be healthy, to be well, to be prosperous and spiritual. To be well, to be well…”

Affirm: “My mind is a creation tool. I feed it with positive thoughts.”

On Thursday, May 3rd, I am starting a new online class series, “How to Attract Prosperity.”This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your consciousness of abundance. Click here for more information and to register.
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How to Calm Your Mind

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“If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.” – Lao TzuThis quote gives us the formula on how to calm our mind. Any time we feel depressed by dwelling on the events of the past, wishing for them to be different, we forget that we will never be able to change them. However, what we can do is change our attitude, by willing to let go, accept what is, and by having a positive expectation about the future. As we do this, our mind is going to calm down and relax.

Anytime we feel anxious, we probably are worrying about an event that has not happened yet. Worrying can paralyze us with fear and anxiety. If we are willing to shift the energy that can be used for good, trust and commit to expecting positive results, we are giving our mind the gift of calmness.

Anytime we are living in the moment, we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. The choice is ours. It takes determination and will power to not allow our mind to go wild and rob us from the peace that is our true divine nature.

Dalai Lama says, “we can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”  A wonderful way to make peace with ourselves, to calm our mind, is to have a regular practice of meditation. Meditation can help us to let go of worries, stress, fear, and anxiety. It can help us to have more peace and joy, healthier relationships, better health and more harmony in our lives. I am forever grateful for the technique I learned from Ananda some years ago, for it has helped me to develop a deeper meditation practice. Click here to learn more about meditation.

Here are some practical ways on how to calm your mind:

  • Go on a “worry free diet.” Commit to let go, to not worry about anything for 1 hour, then 2, then 24.
  • Don’t take anything personally. Let go of the need to defend yourself, to be right, or to judge others. Choose to be peaceful.
  • By regular practice of meditation, you can divert the attention from worry to peace
  • Take walks in nature. It will help you to learn from nature and its calmness.
  • Keep a positive attitude about all your life experiences.
  • Surround yourself with positive peaceful people
Affirm: “I am at peace. I live in the moment.”
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From Victim to Victor

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“You are not a victim until you blame someone”. I recently saw this quote that a client of mine had posted in Facebook. It was a comment that I had made to him in one of our sessions and he turned it into a quote. I decided to use it as my theme in the month of February, for my free “Thank God it’s Monday”inspirational calls. What I shared in the call this past Monday is that we need to pay attention to any behavior of victim mentality. Click here to listen to the message.

Unfortunately, in many cases, we are so hypnotized by this victim mentality, that we do not realize how this behavior can impact our life in a very negative way. We forget that any time we blame anyone for anything, we become a victim. The challenge is that the more we live our lives from this mental frame, the more we attract into our lives experiences that are going to reaffirm our beliefs. It’s crucial that we shift any victim mentality as it shows up in our minds and replace it with thoughts of self-confidence, faith, determination and the knowing that we have an internal power that was given to us by our Creator and all we have to do is claim it and live it!

To shift your energy from victim to victor, here are some tips that can help you stay centered in higher truths:

  • Pay attention to the quality of your thoughts, words and actions. What is the underlying tone: positive or negative, kind or harsh, hopeful or hopeless, courageous or fearful?
  • Believe that you have a power within you that can help you overcome any obstacles.
  • Never tell yourself, “I can’t do that,” if what you’d like to do seems to you impossible.
  • Be willing to have the right attitude about all situations in your life.
  • Attune yourself to your Higher Power, live more in His consciousness, and you will be free from the temptation to play victim.
  • Remind yourself that the Divine Presence in you is already a Victor and you just have to align with this eternal truth.
  • Have positive expectation. If you expect the best, that is what will show up in your life.

Affirm: “Everything that comes to me is a reflection of my energy, so I choose to have only positive thoughts and expectations.”

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Recently I read an inspiring blog about resolutions and the real reason why sometimes we are not able to keep them. The author says, “The problem lies with our will power: the creator and destroyer of habits.” Click here to read article

The good news is that we can strengthen our will power. It is like a muscle that we need to exercise similar to going to the gym to strengthen our body muscles. To do this, we need to have perseverance, be focused, create a plan and have unquenchable faith. We have the power within to keep our new year’s resolutions, but we must be willing to put the effort to boost our will power.

We have the power within to change negative habits into positive ones, to learn new things, to manifest our dreams, and to reevaluate our life choices. We must be aware that this power is divine consciousness that wants to help us but we must do our part: have the will power to do whatever it takes.

Here are some tips:

  • Keep a positive attitude. Let go of negativity anytime it shows up in your self-talk. Release from your mind any ideas that it is too difficult, or you are not good enough, or you do not have the resources. Remember that the divine Presence in you is in charge of the “How.” Trust and take action as you receive guidance.
  • Use affirmations. Affirm, I can, I will, I am capable, I have what it takes, My will power is strong.
  • Keep your resolutions simple. I like what the blog I mentioned suggests: Take on only one or two things at a time, those that you really want to accomplish. I would suggest that you choose one physical habit, let’s say exercise, and one spiritual habit, such as meditation.
  • Receive all experiences with a smile. Be willing to face obstacles with a positive attitude instead of asking, why me. It is part of life to face challenging situations and the secret is not to identify with them and keep going with a strong will power.

Affirm: “I have the will power to keep my new year’s resolutions.”

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Count Your Blessings

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As we approach the end of the year, it is the perfect time to look back and reflect on the blessings that we have received. Every experience in life is an opportunity to express our gratitude. Obviously, it is easier to be happy and feel grateful when things are going well. However, it is important to keep an attitude where we see all our experiences as blessings. For example, any hardships that we experience in our life, give us the opportunity to grow in faith, to be more creative as we look for solutions, to learn to ask for help, and to be willing to accept and do our part. Adversities in life can make us bitter or better. It is our choice.

I believe that difficulties in life always push us to grow, to learn, to forgive, to accept, to have more compassion, to be more humble, to increase our faith, to love more, and to be more conscious of our choices.

The more we are willing to count our blessings, the more we are opening the doors of gratitude, which in turn attracts positive experiences in our life. I encourage you to take the time to reflect on this year experiences:

  • Count every experience as a blessing
  • Be willing to recognize the great blessings you have received like money, recognition, friendships, support and advancement in your career, more inner peace and joy.
  • Think about how any hardships have helped you to become a better person. Maybe you have become a more forgiven, patient, loving, trusting, and open person.
  • Recognize your commitment and the effort you have put to become a better person.
  • Recognize the support you have received from your Creator, from friends and family, and maybe strangers.
  • Celebrate the ways you have helped others, maybe with your generosity, as a volunteer, serving, helping, and giving.
  • Set up the intention to maximize the gift you are receiving of a brand new year and commit to  giving your very best every day.
  • Most importantly celebrate your life and the opportunity you have every day to create, to help, to discover, to enjoy, to be grateful and to do great things.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Affirm: “I count my blessings with joy and gratitude.”
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The Journey Inward

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“As we journey inward we reflect our light outward.” ~ Baron Baptiste

The journey of self-transformation and spiritual advancement is the most rewarding journey anyone can ever take. As we change from the inside, we are able to reflect our light outward. This means, we reflect outwardly our inner peace, joy and love, which turns into kindness, generosity, faith patience and brotherly love. The journey inward requires our full cooperation and then the grace of the divine is able to guide us and shower us with blessings.

How can we cooperate?

  1. Be Consistent. Be willing to take a look at the areas in your life where you know there is room for growth: forgiveness, letting go of criticism, moving from fear to faith. Ask yourself: Am I being consistent in making the changes?
  1. Be Confident. Have confidence in yourself and in the loving presence of a power greater than yourself who wants to help you at all times. You just have to allow it to guide you. Ask yourself: Am I developing a deeper relationship with my Higher Self through prayer and meditation?
  1. Be Positive. Pay attention to your mind and be willing to shift any negative thoughts about yourself or others. Replace them with affirmations. Be attentive on how you use your words. Any language that does not help to edify, change it to uplifting words. Ask yourself: Am I willing to using the transformative power of affirmations?
  1. Be Joyful. Observe your energy and how you are impacting your environment with a joyful attitude. A happy outlook can be contagious. You can affect and possibly change the atmosphere around you, by choosing to be cheerful. Don’t depend on anything outward to make you happy! Be happy inside as a deliberate choice, as a deliberate act of will. Every day determine first to enjoy everything!

Affirm: “I am committed to embracing my journey inward with a winning attitude.”

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