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Never Give Up

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Why We Never Give Up

It is very easy for humans at some point to get frustrated but the important thing is to persevere. This frustration can happen in many different circumstances that include achieving one of your goals or getting a piece of course work completed for University. Sometimes it can seem like a better option to just give up however you will probably not forgive yourself if you just take the easy option.

It is important to never give up and if you get frustrated just take time to remind yourself why you are doing whatever it is that is frustrating you. If you lose sight of why we started doing something in the first place then it can become unbearable to carry on when you get frustrated and feel like you are getting nowhere.

There is an old say which is anything that is easy to get is not worth having, therefore if your aim or goal is worth having then it is going to take a lot of hard work to achieve it. Achieving something that has meant a struggle will mean that you have proven to yourself and others that you can do it.

There are a lot of people who are attracted to get rich quick schemes as they think it is an easy way to make a lot of money.  These are often the people who are attracted to things such as weight loss pills and steroids because they are looking to maximise the benefits within the shortest amount of time. Not only are they looking to maximise the benefits very quickly but they also do not want to put much effort into.

It is important to remember that anything is possible but it will require a lot of work. The limitations that we think that we have are only self-imposed and there is really no limits as long as you are willing to out in the time and effort. It is fair to say that everyone is capable of achieving anything that they set their minds on doing. There will certainly be times that you feel frustrated when you are working hard to achieve the goal that you have set, but the important thing is how you ultimately deal with these problems.

It is important to never actually give up on your dreams or goals, as you owe it to yourself to succeed. It may time a lot of time and effort but if it is something that you really want then it will be worth it.

 

Being Better

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How To Be Better

We live in an often very negative world that often tries breaking us down. Advertising constantly tells us that we are weak and in need. Many people we hold dearest to our hearts will hurt us the worst. We suddenly become overwhelmed with it all, and feel like our lot in life is the be all and end all. This is no way to live, and we can all do so much better!

Life can be overwhelming. We are all – at any given moment – dealing with the stresses of merely existing, not to mention the more subtle mental processes that we don’t tell others about. We then look in the mirror and often don’t like what we see. We see a body that could use more exercise, dark circles under our eyes, skin that could use more sunshine.

We think we could be better, but then we remember the thousands of other things we need to be doing instead. Looking after children, paying bills, filling out orders. We just don’t have the time or energy to take care of ourselves, to love ourselves. Some of us even become apathetic.

There is always time to look after yourself. Even if you are working multiple jobs and have children to care for, it is of vital importance that you find even the smallest gap to dedicate to yourself.

You’d be amazed how much you can do in even just half an hour. You can do a full intense work out, soak up an adequate amount of sunshine, just do what makes you happy. One of the greatest shames of modern existence is the guilt people feel when they have ‘me’ time.

At the end of the day, you only have yourself in this life. People come and go, but you will always remain. You only have one mind, and one body, and you owe it to yourself to actually act on the areas you feel you are lacking in and try change the things that are making you unhappy.

It’s all about loving yourself. This is not a selfish or egotistical concept; it is the most foundational notion in life. If you cannot love yourself, you cannot bring any sincere compassion or positivity into the world. There is nothing worse than being fake, and we all know how that feels! Accept yourself, and accept that you deserve to focus on yourself sometimes.

 

Just Being

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The Importance of Being

Just Being…Life is a gift. It may sound clichéd, but it’s something that many people do not realize. Some people see life as a curse, wandering through life almost in a dead-like state. We have to ensure that our very presence on this earth is fully awake and in love with everything around us.

Out short time spent on this planet requires a certain level of presence. This life that you have been given is so short, and unfortunately many people only realize that when it’s too late. We spend our lives dedicated to our work, to making money, to pleasing others. It is often only when we come to the end of our run in the rat race that we suddenly wake up and smell the roses.

Many people have existential crises. They suddenly realize that they are completely unhappy with the way things are going, and wish that they could turn back time and do things differently. There really is no need for such thinking.

As soon as you make the decision to truly be, to exist in this world free of all of that negativity, something wonderful will happen. The beauty of nature, the true value and meaning of friendship, and the realization that you are strong, intelligent and capable will all hit you.

From here onwards, you can begin living with passion. You will look into yourself and see just exactly how much you can bring into the world, how much you can contribute. To see beyond society’s menial requirements of you, and to find your true purpose in life, whatever that may be.

When you begin truly being instead of merely existing, you will find that the world is far more intriguing than you initially thought it was. You will begin seeing the glory of creation in a different way. You will find yourself wanting to do things you previously would never have considered.

Traveling, trying a new sport, calling up an old friend or even asking out that special person you were always too scared to. Life has presented you with all manner of opportunity, don’t waste it always wondering ‘what if?’

When you reach your old age, a lot of your time will be spent reflecting. If you feel that your life was unfulfilled or even miserable, you can easily become very depressed. Luckily, you can easily make sure that your Golden Years are spent nostalgically reminiscing over all of the wonder and love you enjoyed in abundance.

 

The Now

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What Is The Now?

The Now usually evades us, human thinking is generally spent either worrying about the future, or longing for the past. Many of us don’t even realize it, but we’re often never actually present in the moment. We’re always anxious about what will come next, or dissatisfied with our current state of being.

True happiness only comes when a person’s mind shuts off the past and future and becomes rooted in ‘The Now’, every waking second that passes. Becoming truly mindful of what is going around you at any given moment. When you make this change, and become completely present in your life, this is when you can take charge.

When all of your mental power is dedicated to what you are currently doing, extraordinary things happen. You suddenly begin working better, your daily interaction with people becomes far more invested and meaningful, and you suddenly find that your more negative emotions are slowly slipping away.

A lot of spiritual people talk about ‘The Now’ as a divine presence, an awakening that allows a person to become the god of their life. They believe that a person can then take an almost magical control of their reality.

Now, this may sound like nonsense to you, but it honestly is not far from the truth. Once you become invested in the moment, you really can do anything you like. Suddenly, the fear holding you back disappears. All of your restraints (be it money, self-doubt or commitments) fade away and you become truly free.

Obviously, you don’t want to be reckless or inconsiderate. The opposite should happen, your empathy and understanding of the people and world around you, in general, should grow. When you look at a person, free of past wrongs or judgements, you will see such incredible beauty and worth.

This may all seem only too ideal. Many of us can’t imagine suddenly trashing all of our worrying and plotting. It’s all a process. It takes time and effort to begin detaching yourself from unnecessary distractions, to change the way your brain is programmed.

The brain is not fixed in its thinking. It can change, more easily than many of us believe. Anxious or depressing thoughts can be erased. They are the curtains that stop you from seeing properly. You just need to silence all of those nagging voices in your head and take a good look at the world around you, the stars and the waves.

 

 

Change Is Always Good

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7 Reasons Why Change Is Always Good

Have you ever had the feeling that your life resembles a carousel that’s spinning out of control and all you want to do is get off? Now you might be reluctant to make changes in your life, but read on and discover 7 reasons why change is always good!

 
Flexibility

Changes allow you to be flexible. When you’re stubborn and resist change, situations that normally stress you out will be even more so. Being open to changes helps you to be more fluid and go with the flow.

Helps you become smarter                                                                                                                                        
When you make changes in your life, you somehow become smarter. You never have options to learn anything new if things don’t change. Every new skill that you learn, even if it’s simply adjusting to change, makes you that little bit smarter than you were the day before.

Reminds you that anything is possible

Any changes you make are reminders to you that just about anything is possible if you put your mind to it. It’s very easy to get into that routine of thinking that when things are “stuck” they will stay that way, for example, a marriage that is completely dull, or a career that seems to be going nowhere. However, when you see how things can change, whether in your own life or someone else’s it’s extremely encouraging to know that things don’t stay the same forever.

The snowball effect                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are times when you give up because something that needs to be done is too overwhelming for you. It is at these times that making small changes are invaluable. By taking it one step at a time, those small changes you make will result in you eventually making the necessary big ones.

 
Improves your strength

Sometimes the changes you need to make aren’t pleasant, but life is no fairytale and bad things can also happen. Getting through these tough times will help a lot to make you a stronger person.

 
Progress

The changes you make trigger progress, with things moving forward and developing because of those changes.

 
Opportunities

Every day is different and you don’t know what tomorrow might bring. When you start making changes in your life, you will find a whole new world of different opportunities waiting for you. Making changes in your life brings new choices to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

With these 7 reasons why change is always good at your fingertips, take the plunge and start making those changes now and you too can enjoy all the above benefits in your life!

Create A Healthier You

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Think, Feel And Do To Become A Healthier You

There are three sides to the process of changing your habits, namely what you think, how you feel and what you do and it’s not always easy to juggle all three. As thinking, feeling, doing human being, you have to tackle each one to apply the long-term changes you want to make in your life. There is valuable information in everything you think, feel and do to become a healthier you.

Think – what do you say about that habit that you’re trying to break? Be honest with yourself and write down your thoughts, tell a friend, or draw a picture, whatever works best for you. It might not be what you want to see or hear, but it will help you to understand yourself better and you will stop saying things like:

  • “I can stop anytime”
  • “I deserve this because I work hard”
  • “It will get better when I’m not so stressed out”
  • “I can’t stop. This is me”

Sound familiar?

Feel – write down how you feel about this habit. It will be a matter of trial and error to identify how you feel and you will be a bit unsure for a while, which is quite normal. By honouring it, you will build compassion for yourself and discover valuable information about that part of you that is hesitant about giving up that bad habit.

The whole idea is to fulfil that part of you that exposes your values, in a healthy way. Those feelings of anger, shame, safety, fear, power or powerlessness, control and relief that surround your habit will help you to understand your needs and how to handle them. You have that inner strength and understanding to overcome these feelings.

Do – what are you doing about your habit at this point in time? Are you actually taking steps to understand the impact it has on you? Are you educating yourself or trying healthier alternatives in your life? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re amazing! What you are doing is so important and shows how committed you are. Take a bow!

Postponement and opposite thinking can go a long way in understanding your needs and how to cope with triggers. When you think in opposites you can create new and better habits. This is essential, because the new and improved habits you develop have to be realistic and meet your needs to think, feel and do to become a healthier you.

 

Homeopathy Benefits

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The Benefits Of That Natural Medicine Called Homeopathy

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, developed a system of natural medicine called homeopathy, in the early 1800s. He discovered, while translating medical tests, that the very substance that caused a healthy person to become ill, could also be the remedy for people suffering with similar symptoms. Homeopathy, based on the philosophy of “like cures like,” the Law of Similars, is considered by man to be the strongest energy medicine around. But what are the benefits of that natural medicine called homeopathy?

Unlike the vaccinations used in Western medicine that cause many side effects, homeopathic medicine is completely safe and offers the following benefits:

  • Infants and children can use homeopathic medicines
  • Homeopathy can be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers
  • Should an incorrect remedy be chosen, it will not be harmful in any way to the person
  • Homeopathic medicines will not interfere with other medications taken by an individual
  • Although a person does experience mild symptom aggravations, these are short-lived and pass quickly. These aggravations are seen as a sign by homeopaths that the correct remedy has been chosen. Symptom aggravations are usually followed by significant improvements in the symptoms of the person, with no side-effects whatsoever
  • Homeopathic medicines can be used for acute or chronic conditions
  • Since it is an individualized medicine system, it treats the person and not simply the symptoms. However, the symptoms are dealt with when using homeopathic medicine and normally improve
  • Being a holistic approach to healing, homeopathic treatment involves the body, emotions, spirit and mind of the person
  • Since homeopathic remedies are easily available, anyone can use them
  • Being an inexpensive remedy, homeopathy provides treatment that is affordable for most people
  • Homeopathic medicines can be stored for a long time
  • It is a non-invasive medicine
  • Studies show that when used correctly, homeopathy is extremely effective in the treatment of medical issues

Homeopathic remedies have been around for more than 200 years and are fast becoming a popular form of treatment, as more people discover the benefits of that natural medicine called homeopathy. In homeopathy, the person is treated rather than the medical condition and it is that viewpoint which makes it a firm belief than anyone can be treated with homeopathy. Although many people are using these remedies for medical issues without knowing much about homeopathy, it is a good idea to speak to a professional homeopath first, for acute or chronic ailments.

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Living Without Ego

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Living Without Ego

The ID, the Ego and the Superego

According to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic personality theory, the human personality is made up of three parts, namely the id, the ego and the superego and it is a combination of these three parts which create the intricate behaviour of humans. All good and well, but what does it all mean?

The Id

The most basic part of human personality is the Id, which is meeting our basic human needs. When they are not met, we become tensed and stressed out. For example:

  • When we’re thirsty, we want to satisfy that thirst immediately
  • When a baby is hungry she will cry until she is fed
  • A toddler will carry on whining until she gets another serving of dessert
  • When there is a sale on at a supermarket, shoppers will shove each other out of the way to get that great bargain, no matter what
  • Impatient drivers will drive on the shoulder of the road to get ahead of the cars in front of them

In other words, the Id is the centre of those strong impulses, urges and desires that we all feel, that demand instant satisfaction.

The Ego

The ego is that part of us that deals with reality. That part of our personality that tries to meet the urges of the Id in a way that will be socially acceptable. This is the part that delays satisfaction and helps to reduce the tension our Id feels if our desires are not met immediately. The ego knows that being selfish is not good for us, since others have wants and needs as well. For instance:

  • When we’re thirsty, the ego will let us wait a few minutes to satisfy that thirst
  • Even when someone needs money desperately, they won’t steal for fear of getting into trouble
  • You will not simply take something that you really want to borrow without asking for it first
  • Even though you have the urge to change your clothes at your car when you feel hot and sweaty after a session at the gym, it is the ego that tells you not to, because the people around you won’t approve

The Superego

The superego, which is based on judgments and morals about right and wrong, develops last. Despite the superego and the ego reaching the same decision about things, it is the superego’s reasoning that decisions are based on ethical values, unlike the Ego’s decisions, which are based more on the reactions of others or the possible consequences that could follow an action. Examples of the superego are:

  • Even though you realize that no one would figure out that you stole pencils from the office, you don’t do it simply because you know that it is wrong to steal
  • Despite a businessman/woman having many opportunities to cheat on their partners while on a business trip, he/she knows the suffering it would cause to the family, so they avoid the men/woman who seem attracted to them
  • You notice that the cashier at the restaurant has undercharged you. You know that it would be dishonest to walk out without paying the full amount, so you point out this mistake to the cashier and help her rectify her mistake

Behaviour is created by the Id, the Ego and the Superego working together. Demands are created by the Id, the needs of reality are added by the Ego and the Superego adds ethics to actions, which are taken.

 

Trust Your Intuition

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How To Trust Your Intuition

Ever have that feeling that you “know” what you should do but you can’t really explain why? That is known as intuition or having a “gut feeling” about something, that most times usually turns out the be the right thing to do. When you are faced with a few options and don’t know what to do, knowing how to trust your instinct can help a lot. Intuition can be developed. The following few hints and tips will give you an idea of how to trust your intuition.

When you ask yourself questions listen to that first answer that comes to mind

With all the thoughts going through your mind, this isn’t easy, but it can be done. Say for instance you’re looking through the menu at a restaurant. Pick the first thing that you feel you’ll enjoy. Don’t worry that you haven’t even looked at the specials of the day, or that your cousin recommended some other meal. Don’t hesitate, just go with what your gut tells you to order.

Listen to your gut instincts

Listening to your gut instinct is a big step to knowing how to trust your intuition. There’s a good reason why it’s referred to as a “gut feeling”. Ever felt uncomfortable in your stomach when you “know” that something you’re about to do is the wrong decision? That’s your intuition kicking in!

Give the right side of your brain regular exercise

Intuition comes from the right side of the brain, the same side where holistic, nonverbal expression and thought is controlled. Some ways to give your intuition a good “workout” include:

  • Dancing
  • Being creative
  • Visualising
  • Painting
  • Brainstorming

Keep a journal of your intuition

Use your intuition every day to make a guess about something or someone, but don’t actually act on it. Just jot it down. Focus on things like the feelings you have at the time, what your intuition is telling you, and whether there are any associated sensations, like physical discomfort or a vision, and write them down. After a while, read through your journal and see how frequently you were right. The more you learn how to identify your tuition and see that it’s pointing you in the right direction, not only will your intuitive power grow, but your confidence as well.

Sure, learning how to trust your intuition can be scary, especially when it means relying on something that you don’t quite understand. You shouldn’t base all your decisions on intuition, but for most of the time, trust those “gut feelings” because they are usually right!

 

Eating Everything In Moderation

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Great Tips To Eating Everything In Moderation To Stay Healthy

Although eating in moderation is becoming the “done thing” with many people these days, there are still those of us who have that “all in” attitude by alternating between cleanses and deprivation diets or binging on fatty foods and sweets. Balance is incredibly important to the way we eat. Following are a few great tips to eating everything in moderation to stay healthy.

  • Develop your own guiding principles – What does moderation look like to you? It’s more than likely eating meat, sweets, and occasionally, processed foods. This generally means that we eat vegetables at home, but when we go to a restaurant or are invited to eat at family or friend’s things are entirely different and all rules are ignored completely. This probably works for you, so before you start worrying about moderation, decide what suits you and your lifestyle best.
  • Enjoy the things that you’re meant to enjoy – treats are meant to be enjoyed, so do just that! Don’t put yourself on a guilt trip because you’ve veered away from eating in moderation. Instead, concentrate on the pleasure you’re getting from that one little treat.
  • If you can’t see it, you won’t eat it! – grocery shopping is the key to eating everything in moderation to stay healthy. Simple buy less of the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating. If you don’t have it in your kitchen, you won’t want to eat it. Stock up instead on healthy foods and snacks like veggies, nuts, berries, yoghurt, hummus, and so forth.
  • Give your taste buds time to adapt – it might take a while, but once you change your diet to eating healthy meals, the less you will crave processed and sugary foods. It takes time for your taste buds to adapt, so don’t give up! Okay, so you will more than likely never lose your love for sugar-filled foods, but those terrible cravings will decline significantly after some time.
  • Be mindful – always be mindful of what you’re eating. Avoid eating those hand-to-mouth snacks while you’re multitasking. Instead, treat yourself when you have been sticking to your rule of eating everything in moderation to stay healthy, and enjoy every morsel! Practice being mindful of what you eat every day and you will find that those treats become a lot more pleasurable in the long run.

If you screw up every so often, don’t beat yourself up about it, because everyone does it. Rather be kind to yourself and stay positive. There’s always tomorrow to start eating everything in moderation to stay healthy.