A girlfriend of mine pleasantly surprised me with an unexpected visit last week. She was on her way to Mexico for a conference and during a layover found out it had been cancelled due to swine flu. She rerouted her trip to the next warmest place, LA.
1. Do not be guided by fear.
There is nothing more detrimental than making decisions out of fear.
2. Seek not to be loved, but to be loving.
My clients are generally single men and women in their thirties and forties. And most of them are unhappy. The rest of my clients are in relationships, and guess what? Theyre unhappy too. So whos happy? Well, I know a few and their happiness has nothing to do with a partner or lack thereof. We have been programmed to believe that if we just find the right partner our problems will be solved. But Im sorry to say it is an illusion. Sure, you can be fulfilled with a partner but you can also be fulfilled without one. What you seek is within. Everyday my prayer is the same, “Help me become more loving.” Let go of the need to be loved and seek instead to be loving. Only then will you find true fulfillment.
3. Pick a spiritual path.
And stick to it. All of our problems would disappear if we committed to daily spiritual practice. Truth is simple. You can read about this in an earlier post.
4. Read great writers.
Studying people who are smarter than us is crucial because there is nothing more important than realizing we may not be right. Here are some books I like.
5. Listen to music.
Crank up one good song a day. Start with this video of Unity by Trevor Hall featuring Matisyahu. I just saw his show the other night. He glows. He said he was headlining a tour in February so be sure to catch him when he comes through your town. You won’t regret it. Buy his music here.
6. See a hypnotherapist.
Release your past. Clean yourself up. And don’t spend a ton of time and money trying to do it. Hypnotherapists can help you do that. The best way to find one is through referral. E-mail me if you cant locate a good hypnotherapist and I will be happy to help you. Check out these interesting statistics on my website.
7. Surround yourself with people who can teach you.
This is easy and the pay-off is huge. Wise people push you. They hold you accountable. They dont necessarily coddle you, they elevate you. Theres a reason a lot of enlightened people have gurus. Every smart person had a teacher.
8. Give away what you don’t need.
Good feng shui and good karma. Your house is a reflection of your mind.
9. Maintain integrity.
Your self-respect is all youve got. Treasure it.
10. Become vegan.
Becoming vegan is like volunteering. Thats how I see it. There seems to be a sacrifice involved but its really a gift that comes back to you a hundred-fold. I have not experienced a single choice that has had such beautiful and far-reaching effects, not only into the world but in my own life as well. Start small.
11. Don’t procrastinate.
The world awaits your gifts. We need your vision, your talent, your perspective, your ideas. I guarantee you, depression is inevitable if you don’t apply yourself. Reread number 1.
12. Be of service.
Adopt a pet, or a child. Volunteer. If there is no love or joy in your life it can only be because you are not giving love or joy.
All of these keys have one thing in common: they are challenging. In this world of complacency and complicity, we have gotten lazy. And it shows. I understand the huge pull towards indolence, I fight it on a daily basis, but it is a battle that must be fought. It is only through challenging ourselves that we heal, that the world become a better place, and that we achieve greater things. If not you, who? You are the who we are waiting for.
I’d love to hear your keys to life.
12 Keys to Life by Cynthia Morgan.
I recently heard that for the first time three vegan books are in the top 100 books on Amazon. It made me want to share some of my favorite books with you.
When I see the word religion I see “realign.” The utmost task of any religion and spiritual thought system is to realign us to Truth or God. Somewhere along the way we took a wrong turn, veered off course, and ended up lost. Now we need help. It only makes sense that in order to get back Home, we turn to those who have found the way.
Why it’s great: Through Jane Roberts, spiritual teacher Seth explained to the world how humans create their own reality. Life-changing content that will change the way you look at yourself, others and the world you live in.
Who’s reading it: Some of the world’s most known authors, including spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra, You Can Heal Your Life author Louise Hay and anyone who is actively discovering their own path to a new consciousness.
What you’ll learn: The answers to some of life’s most important questions.
Want to know more? Head to www.seth-speaks.com
Why it’s great: Spiritual author and teacher Deepak Chopra clearly and simply shows how success really comes from living in harmony with natural laws-seven to be exact, which will set you straight on the path of understanding how smoothly life can really run. A rule book for life!
Who’s reading it: Anyone and everyone who’s interested in stripping away the confusion and understanding the way life is truly intended to be.
What you’ll learn: The secrets of living in harmony with the natural laws of the universe, which, once mastered, will open the way for a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life as well as material abundance.
Want to know more? See www.chopra.com
Why it’s great: It’s an awakening for those who are dealing, or already dealt, with change, loss, fear, grief and anger. Spiritual leader Lama Surya Das shows how change of any scale provides the most important lessons that teach and allow us to become closer to our more authentic self, through life-changing lessons and meditations.
Who’s reading it: This is for anyone who has ever wondered why things just keep going wrong or for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the inner workings of the mind, body and spirit.
What you’ll learn: How to face your everyday problems realistically, rather than shutting yourself off from them. It also helps you understand how such trials and tribulations actually present themselves to help you grow.
Want to know more? Head to www.surya.org