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

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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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How to Live Joyfully

Written by Gloria Ramirez

Joy 2“Joy does not simply happen. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day” ~ Henry J. M. Nouwen

It is so true that we have to be conscious participants and consistently choose joy every day. Joy does not happen without us understanding that we have to make the decision moment to moment to embrace it. For us to be able to do this, it is important to be clear on the ways in which we block our joy, many times not even aware that we are doing it. We do it when we complain, blame others, judge, feel guilty, resent others, live in fear, do not express gratitude for our blessings or simply are not kind and compassionate.

As we decide to eliminate any barriers to love, to open our hearts to let go of behaviors or beliefs that block our joy, we are able to feel the difference and live more in our true center, which is joy. This is real success!

 

To help you to embrace more joy in your life, I invite you to consider doing this self introspection exercise.

Ask yourself:

  1. Which 3 habits are blocking me from joy?
  2. Select one of these 3 habits and ask yourself: What is keeping me repeating this behavior or having this thought?
  3. Which positive habit can I adapt to replace the negative habit?
  4. Which 3 things can I do to reinforce the positive habit?
  5. Which affirmation can I use to help me change this habit?

For example:
Choose a habit you want to shift: Complaining
New habit you want to adapt: The opposite of complaining is praising or embracing yourself and others.

3 things to do to reinforce new habit:

  1. Speak to praise, to edify
  2. Express gratitude (keeps you from negativity)
  3. Practice self acceptance and acceptance of others

Affirm: I embrace everyone and every situation with joy

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Freedom is a State of Mind

Written by Gloria Ramirez

Freedom sis a state of Mind (1)For many years I was convinced that I was at the mercy of external circumstances and therefore I did not feel free. I did not know that I had created my own prison through the power of my mind. I did not know that was the only one holding the key to free myself from fear, anger, doubt, resentment, guilt, insecurity and anxiety. These were very difficult years because I felt hopeless and I did not know that I had all the answers inside of me. I wasted too much energy and time complaining, judging, controlling, being fearful and angry, and playing victim. As a result, I not only affected my own life, but also affected the life of the people around me.

When the pain of living this way was overpowering, I made the decision to seek help. I worked with coaches, took seminars and read inspirational books. Little by little, my life begun to transform in amazing ways. I opened my mind and heart to my own liberation by understanding that the solutions to all the challenges in my life were inside and all I had to do is change my attitude. Someone once said “our mind is the source of liberation and bondage”

Have you ever felt trapped in a vicious circle without any hope of the despair ever ending? At that moment it feels that it is going to stay with us forever. The wonderful news is that there is a way out of the prison that we have created, most likely, unconsciously. We can liberate ourselves from the prison of our own thoughts by making the decision to choose differently moment to moment.

I invite you to examine your life today and be willing to:

  • Be free from fear. Let go. Choose trusting
  • Be free from criticism. Change the habit. Choose praising others and yourself
  • Be free from resentment. Let go of whatever blocks your heart. Choose love
  • Be free from worries. Be willing to live in the present. Choose peace
  • Be free from disappointment. Be willing to not take anything personally. Choose acceptance

Liberation means letting go of the impurities of the mind. Liberation is a choice. Be free now!

Affirm: I choose to be free now

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SAY YES TO LIFE

Written by Gloria Ramirez

How many of us have postponed our happiness waiting for some event or someone to make us happy? How many of us find it difficult to accept what is? There is a misunderstanding that if we accept circumstances as they are it means that we are giving up or not doing our part. It is totally the opposite. We are letting go of controlling to allow other doors to open. When we are too strict about our viewpoints, we might be blocking other options and saying no to life’s flow.

How many times have you felt stuck and kept going around like in a vicious circle without going anywhere? Wouldn’t it be better and easier to trust and be willing to say YES to life in all circumstances, including challenging ones? What prevent us from having a positive attitude? Could it be fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence, or lack of trust? These are all ideas created in our minds and with determination they can be released so we give room to positive ideas. It is up to us to choose not to continue dragging from the past any negative experiences but instead, to inject our life with new energy of positive expectation. What happened to us in the past does not have to become our future reality. The present time is the moment to magnetize our thoughts, language and actions in a positive way so we can then harvest in the future the fruits of what we have planted.
I invite us to say YES to life by having a positive attitude. Only when we open our minds to other possibilities, we will be able to realize that there are many options to address life’s issues. As it has been said, every challenge comes with a solution. However we have to have an open mind and humbleness to see beyond any limited conditioning.
How can we say YES to life?
  • Accept what is and allow other doors to open
  • Let go of the past and focus in the present
  • Be willing to be happy now regardless of circumstances
  • Have an open mind and be willing to review other options
  • Have confidence in your abilities 
Affirm: I say YES to life with a positive attitude
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Positive Attitude

The Light“A positive attitude depends far less on things going right outwardly than on an inner determination to be happy always.”~Swami KriyanandaIt takes great courage, commitment and effort, to have the determination to be happy no matter what is going on outwardly. It takes no effort to be happy when things are going well. However when things are not going well it takes an inner determination not to allow defeat to dictate our happiness.

I have experienced so many times the results of both sides of the spectrum: positive and negative attitude. Without exception every time I dwell on negativity when something is not going the way I want, I attract more challenges and it becomes like a never ending spiral of negative events. When I make the conscious decision to keep a positive attitude no matter what is going on around me, I always end up receiving the help, the ideas, or the solution that I need.

After so many years of learning the hard way, I am now more open, humble, wiser and willing to have the inner determination to be happy always. It is amazing how I am realizing that it is really not difficult at all because our inner nature is to be happy, and peaceful. Your life becomes more like a flow of possibilities because you align with your inner essence. It is a matter of willing to let go of the old habits or conditioning and consistently strive to have the right attitude. It is a decision to not resist the natural flow of our energy.

For me, it has become a way of living and I am clear that right attitude is a choice and it does not have to do with external circumstances. I see clearly, how the universe conspires in our favor when we keep our mind and heart open. When we feel that we are at the mercy of outside circumstances, we obstruct the energy that wants to support us with fear, doubt, jealousy, guilt and any other negative emotion. The only solution is to decide to be happy always.

My invitation is that you continue to strive to have the right attitude in everything you do. Your effort will create a magnet to attract good things to keep coming your way. This is the law of cause and effect, but you have to set it in motion with your consistent positive thoughts, language, actions and attitude.

Here are some ideas on how to have the inner determination to be happy always:

  • Keep your heart aligned with joy and peace
  • Be willing to put the effort to have the right attitude despite of what is happening outwardly
  • Expect the best
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Magnetize your life with positive thoughts, language, and actions

Affirm: I have the inner determination to be happy always!

TEND TO YOUR MIND

As a LifeSuccess Consultant I have the great fortune to receive weekly training from one of the masters in the area of personal development, Bob Proctor, who, for 50 years has been helping people realize their potential. This last week he spoke about “Tending to your Mind.” I immediately felt it was important for me to share this very amazing concept with you.

Bob Proctor explains that our “Conscious Mind” is “The Gardener.” Through the power of reasoning, it accepts or rejects what it wants to put in it. Our subconscious mind is “The Garden”, which has to accept what you put in it. It does not care what you plant but it gives you what you plant.

This is where we have to understand that we become what we think about. We become what we accept in our conscious mind. What kind of thoughts are you putting in your mind? Are they positive, life affirming and empowering? Or, are you feeding yourself with negative information? The results you get in your life are the “crop” you have in the garden. Your thoughts dictate what you end up with in the garden.

This is why is so important to let go of all the weeds, or negative beliefs and attitudes. To tend to our garden means to put the daily effort to let go of the limiting conditioning, including, fear, doubt, indecision, jealousy, criticism, etc.

You have the choice to plan your garden with beautiful seeds or with weeds. Take a look at the results in your life. They will tell you what you have been planting. If you are not satisfied with the results, the good news is that you can change them. One of my favorite Bob Proctor’s quote says: “your present results are not your potential.”  Here are some ways you can make the changes to make the most of your potential:

Tend to your garden first. Become a master at entertaining only positive thoughts. This is the only way you can then help others.

Believe in your dreams. Get emotiona

lly involved with your heart’s desires and use your mind to imagine them manifested.

Change any limited conditioning. Talk to your own self-image and be serious about making the necessary changes. 

Affirm: I tend to my mind by planting positive thoughts.

Gloria Ramirez

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RENEW YOUR MIND, TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his or her mind, body, and circumstances.” ~ Joseph Murphy

This quote sends a clear and loud message: To think positively. The secret is to embrace this idea seriously because every thought you think is a cause and every condition is an effect.  You think positive thoughts (cause), you create positive results (effect)

Your thoughts are creating your reality. The best way to create a  lasting shifting of your paradigms is by paying attention to your habitual way of thinking and if you notice any negativity, shift it right away, to a positive thought. Joseph Murphy, the author of “The Power of your subconscious Mind, says, “never finish a negative statement. Reverse it immediately and wonders will happen in your life. He adds, “think good, and good follows. Think evil, and evil follows. You are what you think all day long.”

What is important to understand is that your habitual way of thinking came from your childhood. However, you can shift your negative childhood programming by paying attention and making the effort to renew your mind to transform your life.  Your progress will be determined by your willingness to be disciplined so you don’t accept, any longer, old negative ways of thinking.

How do you form the habit of thinking positively?

1. Monitor your emotions. They are telling you if you are sending the right vibration. It is impossible to feel happy and at the same time be thinking negatively. As you spot yourself in a negative state of mind, make the effort right away to shift it.

2. Reframe any negative stories, first in your mind and then through the spoken language. Any time you say anything negative repeat “cancel, clear” and then create an affirmation.

3. Be in a constant state of gratitude. Always see the glass half-full, looking for the positive side of each experience.

I am starting a powerful 12-week Tele Seminar series Renew Your Mind to Prosper”, which will guide you on the path to universal principles that once understood and applied, the natural consequence is a happy, harmonious, and prosperous life.

Affirm: I renew my mind to transform my life

Gloria Ramirez

OPEN YOUR HEART TO MIRACLES

OPEN YOUR HEART TO MIRACLES

“When you embrace God’s calling in your life you become the witness of miracles.”

This quote came to me as an inspiration because of all the innumerable miracles that I have witnessed as a result of the work I do as a coach and trainer to help people to maximize their full potential. Also, working with our Glorious Being Center’s project in Ghana, I have experienced the synchronicity of events every day. I feel like there is an invisible hand arranging everything for us.

One of those amazing miracles happened last year when I was at a Panera Bread getting ready for a meeting to discuss the self-sustaining housing options for the children that we are helping in Ghana, Africa. Right before the meeting started someone whom I had seen before at a networking meeting, came to me and asked if she could join our meeting.

She explained that she was supposed to meet someone but the person did not show up. I said to her you are most welcome to sit with us, but I want to warn you that by the time we finish our meeting you might have become a volunteer of our organization. She laughed and she said OK. For two hours she listened to the details of our project and was very impressed with our initiative. As she was about to get up to leave, she handed me her business card. As soon as I read I read Sabrina Fajardo, Graphic Designer, my eyes open up and I told her that we were in an immediate need for someone to help us with a trifold that we wanted to put together for our project in Ghana. She said she was happy to help and the rest is history because up to this date she is the person who, as a volunteer, takes care of all the marketing material for Glorious Being Center. We are so fortunate and feel deep gratitude to have Sabrina as part of our team. She is a genius when it comes to graphic design and we love her work. (www.tlzdesigngroup.com)

This is just one of the so many miracles that we have witnessed with our project in Ghana. I always say that the universe conspires in our favor to have what we want. The secret is that we have to believe in miracles and expect them. We started our project in Ghana last year and it is abolutely amazing that I will be traveling to Ghana at the end of this month. I am deeply grateful for this miracle.

I invite you to give yourself permission to open your heart to ask for what you want and to receive your miracles. It does not matter how big your desires are. Your Higher Power does not have limitations in helping you manifest your miracles. All it wants is for you to have faith.

Here are some steps on how you can open your heart to miracles:

1. Ask

Feel worthy of asking for anything you want and place “your order” with your Higher Power with determination and excitement.

2. Believe

Set up the intention in your heart that it is already yours because your Higher Power always wants to give you what you want. This is the step where you let go and let God.

3. Receive

Have a sense of expectancy and feel the joy of knowing that what you have asked for is on its way to you. Imagine how you feel as you receive it.

I’d like to share a quote that I received one day that I asked for a sign about our project in Ghana and that has served me as a reminder of the infinite possibilities that are in store for us: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the ecology.

Affirm: I open my heart to miracles!

Gloria Ramirez

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE TO SEE YOUR WORLD?

“Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.”From A Course In Miracles 

I love this quote because it invites us to carefully choose the thoughts we have about our world. My experience has told me that when I choose to see my world as a friendly place instead of hostile, by the law of attraction, I attract people, places and experiences that are kind. And when I attract people whom are not so nice, it is an invitation to not become like them but instead to show them how real kindness and compassion looks like.

However, because many times there is a sense of competition and even fear that people are going to hurt you, we walk on “react or cautious mode”. The challenge with this attitude is that we close our hearts to the possibilities that can open great opportunities for us. This is when we have to instead choose to believe that people are good and that it is OK to trust.  This is when we have to remember that our thoughts are creating our reality and it is up to us to decide what kind of reality we want to create.

I invite you to consciously create your experiences by practicing these simple, yet powerful ideas:

1. See the glass full in every situation. Practice seeing the good aspects of every experience, regardless of how challenging it is. There is always a gift to be unwrapped.

2. Don’t take anything personally. Practice compassion and unconditional love and be willing to forgive. Practice humility. Choose to be happy instead of being right.

3. Be compassionate. Practice compassion especially with those that seem most hostile. They are crying out for love. See them with the “right eye”, the eyes of unconditional love.

I invite you to join me on the journey of what I call “The Global Awakening”, which is an opportunity to consciously make this a kinder world by consistently embracing others with love and compassion.

Affirm: Each day I witness acts of kindness in my world

Gloria Ramirez

 

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