Be the Change

Written by Gloria Ramirez
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I believe that the present moment and each moment that follows is the perfect time to consciously choose to be the change we want to see in the world. As we decide to change from within, we are going to see the world outside of us very differently. As we let go of negativity, fear, doubt, guilt, judgment, resentment, and disappointment, we will be seeing it through new lenses, and our lives will feel more peaceful and joyful.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to take the initiative to transform ourselves from the inside out. Here are some ideas on how to do it:
  • Be willing to pay full attention on how you interact with others. Is it with kindness, trust, and a spirit of service? Be honest with yourself and commit to changing the aspects in you that you know need to be shifted.
  • Forgive. This is a gift that you give to yourself. When you forgive you become free. Review your relationships and be willing to let go of past experiences. Ask your Higher Power to help you to forgive.
  • Have a positive attitude about all life experiences. Pay attention to the quality of your thoughts, your language and your actions.
  • Receive spiritual food. Every day read 1 to 3 pages of a self-development or a spiritual book. Find a spiritual center,  near your home, if you do not have one yet, where you can take weekly classes, attend, Sunday service and be surrounded by positive, loving people. When you nourish yourself mentally, and spiritually, you are going to become stronger and align more with the truth of your being, which is love.
  • Be determined to do what is right to develop your full potential. Have the will power to take action and move forward in faith.
  • Be willing to see the good in people. As you do this, it becomes easier to motivate yourself to be of service to them.
  • Wear a smile in your face. Bring hope and joy to the human race.
  • Meditate for peace and harmony. Click here to pledge your meditation hours
Affirm: I choose to be the change I want to see in the world!
EMBRACING TRUE SUCCESS & HAPPINESS”
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Opening Your Heart to Life

 

 

Written by Gloria Ramirez
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I was recently thinking about the years when I closed my heart because I was hurt. I was afraid of opening my heart thinking that I was going to be hurt again and I thought that by keeping it closed, I was protected. In those years I did not realize that I was actually closing my heart to love, to joy, to God, to life, to new opportunities. Living in ignorance gave great suffering. Only after the suffering was to much to take, I decided to ask for help.
Little by little I began to understand that what I needed to do was to open my heart to love. I realized that the only way to heal was through love. It was not easy, but I knew deep inside that this was the only way out of my pain. My intuition led me in the right direction.
The first step for me was to be willing to be humble and to be open to new ways of being. This is how people were able to help and guide me. I also had to let go of my unsettle feelings about God. I was somehow upset and therefore separated myself from His love. I did not understand that when you close your heart, you close yourself to the grace of God. For my healing to happen, I started to cooperate with God, and sure enough, amazing transformation came into my life.
I invite you to consider reviewing your life and paying attention to any area where you might be closing your heart because of past experiences. I understand that it is very painful when someone hurts us. However, the best way to release the pain is to forgive, otherwise we end up hurting ourselves and closing our hearts to life, to new possibilities and to love. Be willing to let go and seek the help of someone who can take you through the healing process.

Here are a few tips on how to open your heart to life:

  • Let go of negativity
  • Let go of judgment
  • Let go of victim mentality
  • Be humble
  • Let go of unsettled feelings about God
  • Be willing to love
  • Focus on what is good
  • Forgive yourself and others
  • Be grateful

Affirm: I choose to open my heart to life. I say YES to life!

EMBRACING TRUE SUCCESS & HAPPINESS”
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Embracing a New Beginning

Written by Gloria Ramirez
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It has been said that every end is a new beginning. Winter is gone and April is a time of new beginnings. Where I live in California, we have an amazing celebration of new life called “Spring at Ananda.” 16 thousand tulips of every possible color are planted and people come from all over to enjoy the amazing display of beauty and color. I am always in awe of how nature seems to make an effort to show us the beauty that is in us and around us.

We too, have the opportunity, every day, to start new beginnings by ending what does not serve us and by being willing to display the colors that are inside of us: joy , love, kindness, and compassion. Our lives can be compared to a garden. We can keep the garden crowded with weeds of anger, judgment, guilt, fear, and doubt, or we can keep it looking fresh and beautiful, by removing what does not beautifies it. We just have to be committed and ready.

Lets use this spring season to let go of the internal weeds that block the harmony we want in our life. Lets be honest and be willing to change old habits, language, thoughts, or beliefs that do not allow the full expression of our soul. We can choose more love, peace, joy, forgiveness kindness, acceptance, trust, hope and generosity to grow in the garden of our heart.

This is also a great time to let go of external weeds like clutter, disorder, procrastination (postponing finishing our projects) and anything that blocks the flow of energy.

We have to remember that we have to take full responsibility for our life. We are in charge of the internal and external spring-cleaning. No one can do it for us. The more we are willing to be in harmony with our soul the more we are going to see positive results in our life.

Embrace a new beginning with full dynamism by letting go of what does not serve you, internally and externally and by being willing to take action ad replace it with positive new habits. Be willing to believe that you have the internal power to bring success to all areas of your life.

Affirm: I embrace a new successful beginning

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Developing Habits of Success

Positive Thinking

Written by Gloria Ramirez
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One of the best habits that we can develop is the habit of positive thinking. This habit can be our best life companion because even if things do not go the way we would like to, we can still choose to see the positive aspects of our experiences.

The challenge is that we were conditioned from early childhood to create habits of fear, doubt, criticism, guilt and insecurity. We now have to reprogram our subconscious mind to turn all negative habits into positive ones. This must be done daily by the power of our own will and the determination to not allow our minds to continue the negative conditioning.

We must examine our thoughts and be willing to create the habit of positive thinking. As we continue to do this consistently, we will be transmitting new energy outwardly and the law of cause and effect will respond in ways that will be very pleasing.

Many times we ask ourselves why is it that I am not able to succeed in life. I must not have what it takes to succeed. I am a failure, or I am not good enough. We allow our ego mind to take us into believing false ideas about ourselves and this is how the negative conditioning continues. We must have the courage to stop all of that chattering in our minds and convince ourselves that it is our birthright to succeed. If this were not true, we would not have any of the countless demonstrations of success in our own lives and of people who have succeeded even in the most improbable circumstances.

Here are some ideas on how to develop habits of success:

  • Change the trend of your thoughts: Cast out all negative mental habits.
  • Spread kindness everywhere you go.
  • Associate with positive people.
  • Develop a deeper inner connection with your Higher Power, including the power of prayer.
  • Keep a grateful heart.

Affirm: I consistently develop habits of success

Gloria Ramirez
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Being Confident and Receptive

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Written by Gloria Ramirez
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In his book, “How to Be a Success”, Paramhansa Yogananda states: “Success, health and wisdom are your rightful heritage.” He also shares that “an inferiority complex can be overcome by determination, courage, common sense, and faith in God and in yourself.”
Do we really believe that our birthright is to be successful? For many years I did not believe this because I was living in ignorance of my true essence. I believed that people or situations outside of myself were responsible for my success or lack of it. I was conditioned to believe the opposite and as a result I closed the doors to my birthright to be successful.
How many times have you felt incompetent, insecure, or not good enough? This is how we close the doors to receive what is already ours thinking that it is bad luck or the external circumstances. However it goes back to the conditioning in childhood: all the messages that we received from parents, media, society, school and so on, that expressed ideas of fear, insecurity, guilt, doubt, unworthiness, and not being good enough. We brought those false ideas into adulthood thinking that this was our reality.
The good news is that we can overcome any beliefs that block our ability to be confident and receptive to a successful life. We must have the determination and courage to examine our thoughts and habits and let go of all beliefs that limit the receptivity of our rightful heritage to be successful, healthy and wise. Also, we must be willing to let go of all the false stories that we have being believing and telling ourselves over and over again. We must have faith in God and ourselves.
To open the doors to being more confident and receptive:
  • Let go of all false and limiting beliefs about yourself
  • Let go of all negative stories
  • Have the courage and determination to accept your divine right to be successful
  • Be willing to identify only with the truth. You are a child of God made in His image and likeness
  • Affirm success, health and happiness
Affirm: I am confident and receptive to my divine right to be successful

Embracing True Success & Happiness

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Written by Gloria Ramirez
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As I look back at my life’s journey, I realize that for me the definition of success has changed over the years. For a while it was more about external accomplishments and material possessions. Then I started to feel the urge of going inward and looking for the treasures that I had heard lay inside of me. Because this idea was so intangible for me, I had a difficult time understanding it and trusting the process of finding out if it was true. I kept wanting to look for happiness outside of myself or to expect people around me to make me happy. Many times I felt disappointed, betrayed, rejected and unloved. It was not a successful and happy life.

Years later, I have come to the understanding and to believe that true success is the inner realization of my being. It is in believing that my essence is love, joy and peace, and the more I am willing to live and accept this truth, the more I am able to experience inner joy and external success. I now understand the message from Jesus “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

This quote from Swami Kriyananda brings the same message: “For material success to be more assured and lasting, it must be paired with high principles.” This means to live our lives from our center, from knowing that we are the children of the most High and that we are already loved and accepted unconditionally and we do not have to go through life seeking approval and to be loved. The love that we are seeking is seeking us because is already within each of us. We just have to realize this truth.

We do not have to burden people with demands and expectations. On the opposite we can be accept everyone the way they are. The more we do this, everything we need will be provided because we are allowing our good instead of resisting it. The more we live our lives from our center, the more we will experience true success and happiness.

Affirm: Living from my center brings me success and happiness! 

Gloria Ramirez
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Going Inward

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Written by Gloria Ramirez

Going inward to embrace what life brings us, either victories or disappointments, is a wonderful way to liberate ourselves from the ups and downs of life.

Going inward means that instead of taking things personally, blaming others, or playing victim, we go within and think about the ways in which we can see the situation differently.

Even in the midst of chaos, disappointment, and stress, we can go inward and choose to align with the peace that already resides inside. The answers are going to be there and they will come from a space of harmony and love. Our soul is always going to give us solutions that unites and harmonizes us instead of creating separation and disharmony. This is what staying centered in our soul’s essence is all about.

The holIday season can bring us great joy and at the same time a lot of stress. It is up to us to choose to remain calm, no matter what is happening around us. All we have to do is go inward and connect to the peace and joy that await our awareness of their presence. Let’s do our best to keep the spirit of joy and celebration by reminding ourselves that it is up to us how we want to experience this holiday season.

Here are some ideas you can use to go inward:

  • Be solution oriented. Do your best to focus on the solution instead of the problem. This will shift your energy instantly and with a calm mind you will be able to receive ideas.
  • Use affirmations. Mentally repeat a sentence of the desired outcome. For example: I choose peace. I am peace. I feel peaceful. I choose joy. I am calm.
  • Seek inspiration: Read or listen to inspirational messages
  • Attune with your soul. Through your positive thoughts, language and actions, align with the qualities of your soul: love, joy, peace, compassion, generosity, kindness, patience and trust.
  • Pray and take time to be in silence. Attune yourself with divine love and open yourself to the possibilities that come by the power of faith. Ask for guidance.

Affirm:

As I go inward in every situation in my life, I find peace!

 Gloria Ramirez

Mastering Relationships

Written by Gloria Ramirez
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Most of us are conditioned from early age to look outside ourselves for happiness. I spent many years of my life trying to control others so I would get what I wanted, so I would be happy. Only after so many years of ups and downs, I have come to realize that when I go inward to awaken the joy that is already within, I do not have to demand or impose on anyone to make me happy. I just have to go inward. Doing this has made a huge difference in the quality of my relationships. I shifted my behavior from feeling that I was a victim to taking full responsibility for how my relationships were showing up in my life. Basically I have learned not to expect people to behave one way or another, but instead, to accept them exactly as they are.
This has been one of the most transforming experiences of my life. I have been able to understand that when there is an issue that shows up in any of my relationships, it is not about the other person. It is always an invitation for me to go inward and ask myself, how can I shift this situation? The answers that I receive include acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, respect, setting up boundaries, and trusting, among many others.
I have come to realize that relationships are the biggest channels to share the love that resides within us. The more I focus on giving, on being loving, kind, compassionate and accepting of others and myself, the more I am really giving to myself and the happier I feel.
To master relationships here are a few ideas that you can consider:
  • Go inward. Instead of taking things personally, blaming others, or playing victim, ask yourself, what is one aspect of me that I can change?
  • Awaken the happiness that resides in you. Empower yourself by realizing that within yourself you have the power to bring joy and peace into your life.
  • Share with others the true nature of your soul: Love. Demonstrate it through joy, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, support and gratitude.
  • Accept others as they are. Be willing to let go of the temptation to judge and instead look for the good in others.
  • Live in the moment. Enjoy each moment as if it was the last moment of your life. Smile often!
Affirm: I master my relationships through the power of love

The Miracle of Life

Written by Gloria Ramirez

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 I recently lived an experience that impacted my life deeply and gave me a profound understanding of the miracle of life. Seven members of my family came from Colombia to visit me here in California. I was so happy to see them. On Monday, October 19th, they visited Ananda Village, the spiritual community where I live. They were very pleased to connect with the beautiful, kind people who live here and with the peacefulness of this place. On Tuesday, October 20th I planned a trip for my family to the Yuba river, about 40 minutes from Ananda. When we arrived at the river, everyone was admiring the beauty of the mountains surrounded by pine trees.

Even though the water was cold, some of us decided to get into the water. I swam to the other side of the river, a short distance but deep in the middle. When I got to the other side I sat on a rock to admire nature. From there I noticed that one of my brothers got into the water and he started to make funny faces, but because he tends to joke a lot, I thought he was joking. However I shouted and asked his girlfriend if he knew how to swim and she replied yes. I kept watching him until I did not see him any more. Suddenly I saw him floating under the water. He had drowned. I immediate jumped into the water and I do not know how, I placed his head on a rock. In my eyes he was dead; he looked blue and he was not breathing. I was in total panic and called for help. My other bother, sister in-law and brother in-law came and were terrified by what they saw.

My bother started to do CPR on him and my sister in-law mouth resuscitation, but we were so scared because for at least 10 to 15 minutes he was not responding. We were looking at him with such desperation and then I started to pray. He finally moved a little bit and I though this is a real miracle if he survives. At the other side of the river my sisters and sister in-law were screaming and praying for a miracle. They went out to the road to seek help but because there was not cellular reception in the area, they could not call an ambulance.

My intuition told me to get out of the water to get help. As I got to the other side I saw a couple and I told the man that we needed help. He immediately swam where my bother was. Then I ran to the road and the second car I saw stopped. A lady came out of the car and said, I am a nurse and I have a radio. This was another miracle. She and the man who was driving the car came from the nearby town and immediately called an ambulance. About half an hour later the ambulance was there and they took my brother to a nearby area where a helicopter landed and picked up my brother to take him to the hospital.

We found out later that he had hypothermia and his legs could not move because of the cold water. They took all kinds of tests and told the family that his lungs did not get any water. Three days later he left the hospital in excellent condition. Our family and myself are deeply grateful to God for the miracle of his life.

20160926144638_img_1062A few days later we went back to the river with my brother and to the town from where they dispatched the ambulance to thank everyone for their kindness and service. We met again the sheriff, the doctor and the nurse. They told us that they could not have a better reward for the work they do than to see someone they have rescued alive and well.

I think it is important to never take our life for grated. We are here today but we never know when it is going to be our turn. Some of the things we can do to maximize our time here on earth are:

  • Appreciate life more and value every moment
  • Be more compassionate, generous and kinder
  • Forgive more
  • Commit to being a better human being every day
  • Laugh more
  • Take time to do self-examination. Ask yourself
    • Am I willing to live in harmony with life, with everyone and to be at peace with everything in all circumstances?
    • Am I willing to change what I need to change to improve the quality of my life for the rest of the time I will be here on earth?

Let’s celebrate the miracle of life with profound gratitude!

Affirm: I am grateful for the miracle of life

Gloria Ramirez

Coaching for Self-Mastery

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Embracing the Moment

Written by Gloria Ramirez The ButtesI recently went on a camping and hiking trip with a couple of friends to a beautiful area in California called The Sierra Buttes. The morning of our trip we packed our car with our camping gear and drove to our destination, just two hours from home. When we got there we decided to go hiking first and find our camping site later because we knew it was going to take us some time to climb about 1,800 feet to an elevation of about 9,000 feet.

The experience was amazing. We were laughing and enjoying each moment with a sense of wonder and a great expectation to see what awaited us once we got there. When got to the top of the mountain, there was an outlook area that is only accessed by a pretty sketchy set of staircases. My legs were shaking as I went up each stair. The experience was exhilarating and fun and I made up my mind to make it to the top. The reward was priceless. The view was spectacular.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could live each moment of our lives with a sense of positive expectation, wonder and joy? What prevents us from living this way consistently? Maybe past conditioning, fear, or doubt? The good news is that we can always overcome all those blocks and decide to live life fully every day.

Image 72We enjoyed our time at the top of the mountain while we had lunch and experienced nature in remarkable ways. We saw the beautiful vegetation, a brown rattlesnake and the cutest chipmunk.

On our way back we enjoyed the trail and the gorgeous views of the mountain and the lakes around. Once we were back in our car we headed toward our camping site but then we remembered that we wanted to get marshmallows for the campfire  we were going to build later,  so went to a store/restaurant nearby. When we arrived there we decided to have something to eat. Finally, a little bit after 5pm, we were ready to drive to the camping site, only to find out that it was full. We checked other sites nearby and there was not any space available. We realized that without knowing we had chosen to go camping on a long busy holiday weekend.

Without any hesitation from any of us, or feeling bad, we just accepted the circumstances and begun to head back home. We were laughing about our camping preparation (to enjoy a comfortable night) and how our day ended joyfully even though we did not camp as planned. We made plans for an afternoon in the near future to go to a nearby park to make our marshmallow smores. Each of us were at peace and actually laughing about the experience. We were not attached to the outcome but only to having fun that day and embracing each moment with joy.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could let go of our attachments to the outcome of our experiences and always make a commitment to have fun? What restricts us from doing it? Could it be the need to control, or fear of the unknown, or past experiences? The good news is that it is possible to train ourselves to embrace adventure, to have fun no matter what the circumstances are, to not take ourselves so seriously, and to enjoy each moment as it comes.

Affirmation: I embrace each moment with joy

Gloria Ramirez

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