Amazing 86 Year Old Gymnast

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This granny is an inspiration! She has strength, agility and speed that defies her years.

It’s time for me to exercise without complaining. ūüėČ

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2202811/Super-gran-Worlds-oldest-gymnast-aged-86-performs-jaw-dropping-routine-parallel-bars.html

The Real Moments

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When I moved from New York to the West Coast of the USA, I was in absolute awe in seeing pink skies for the first time while walking hand in hand with the love of my life. I remember moments like these with a sweet gratitude. The earth is a canvas of beauty and love, so for me, there are no ordinary moments, all are part of the simple and yet sacred experience in the journey of life.

Successful or Unsuccessful Mindset?

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  Are we living from a place of ego or from beyond the ego?

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If I had created this well done chart, I would have entitled it “Living without Ego” and “Living with the Ego” to give a glimpse of what life is like mentally and spiritually when we are free from attachments and a sense of lack and separation within ourselves.

Living from a place of ego is constricting and exhausting. Living from beyond the ego (Spirit) is expanding and reflects in experiencing more joy in our lives.

I don’t keep a journal as suggested on the left side of the chart, have tried a few times but lose interest, however, I live mindfully which has given me a few ‘aha’ moments about myself and led to shifts in how I perceive and express my life. I am however, open to getting into the habit of journaling¬†for my self-reflection.

I leave you with a quote from a famous motivational teacher as it adds clarity to the chart’s message:

You are where you are in your life because of what has gone into your mind, THE ONLY WAY to change where you are is change what goes into your mind. –¬†Zig Ziglar

 

Gratitude Jar for the New Year

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Happy New Year to all my blogger friends! I enjoy reading your posts and your visits to mine. ¬†Thank you for your support. I am in the comfortable habit of reading blogs late at night while I am sipping a cup of tea; it’s my time to relax and venture into your world of words.

Keep on writing, and best wishes for a positive year!

 

Seeing into December 21, 2012?

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The only correct prediction for December 21, 2012 is that many people would believe it’s the end of the world and freak out.

The planet has survived many doomsday predictions – so see you all soon in the blogsphere. ūüėÄ

For information on why the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21 – Mayan Calendar: End of the World

Now that’s a relief!

Awakening to Inspiration

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. – Patanjali

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Isn’t it encouraging? We think we are whom we are with our patterns, our routines, the abilities we have used in our lives, but the minute a powerful inspiration takes over, our mind and hearts work in concert, and we express that which is stored in the universe within us.

I wonder, what is it about inspiration that can move us this way? That aligns the mind and heart? Is it an energy that moves through us and wakes us up or is it an alignment with the God within us?

I think it’s both and more.

We Are Awareness

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Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else. – Joko Beck

How simple. For decades,  I tried to acquire Awareness, when all the time I  have been this awareness, but became distracted  by the entertainment and fear of the mind.  My eyes would get misty with longing when I would read of the awakening of Eckhart Tolle,  Byron Katie, Papaji and various other sages, and the permanent freedom they experienced from the limitations of living inside the movie projector of the mind.

Moment by moment, I am learning to be more observant of myself and how I create my own limitations and freedom. ¬†It doesn’t require deep thinking to get into observer mode so I may experience my true self – ¬†words can get in the way, it requires a silent observation which leads one back to the holy foundation of Self.

It’s Not Over

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Spring flowers on Hillside, Hokkaido, Japan

Don’t give up! It’s not over. The universe is balanced. Every set-back bears with it the seeds of a come-back. – Steve Maraboli

I have found that a setback can be an opportunity for new beginnings in how we relate to life, to go deeper within, to let go of what no longer works. Life is sacred and precious, and we are here to realize the wonder of our souls and to be love.

Greatness in Small Things

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I needed to hear this message today as sometimes I wonder if I am doing enough spiritually or if I am wasting my time. These are doubts that come from the¬†ego but puts me in a pensive mood. I guess it’s because I have a birthday coming up in two weeks, and the older I get, the more I desire to make a difference for myself and others. ¬†I realized however, that doing small things with love can actually become great things that fulfills the heart and¬†soul.

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The Space of Contentment

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 I noticed yesterday that I was happy for no reason; my mind was still while I was cooking.  Then when I went into my mind, even if my thoughts were positive, I was pulled out of that space of pure contentment. This confirmed to me that Eckhart Tolle and other sages are right when they teach that we need to stay present.  When we get into our heads, we miss the NOW.

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