My Big Fat Dream

I am a dreamer ever since I can remember. My mom used to call me her day-dreamer walking on Cloud 9! Sometimes my dreams are beautiful, colorful, flowing into all sorts of adventures. Sometimes they make no sense, and have strange or hectic imagery as I ride the waves of my subconscious.

How often do I have the same dream? A few times a year I have a vivid, intense dream of running away from a huge wave. I noticed that every time I have this dream, my day-to-day reality is either shifting or I am emotionally charged with change, stress, etc. I have learned to swim into this wave to become one with it. It it takes a lot of inner strength and awareness and most times I fail!

I have one good dream though, that’s strong in my subconscious. My life wouldn’t be the same without it. It is the source of my inspiration and being alive: It’s called my Big Fat Dream!

What is this Big Fat Dream? It is simple: A dream of Pure Happiness!  This dream forms part of the foundation of my perception of reality here on earth:

Living everyday like it would be my last day and seeing everyone as beautiful and allowing others to live their full potential, whatever it is and without judging. Seeing the challenges as opportunities to grow and surrounding myself with the beauty I deserve. Hugging my daughter, at the same time hugging my mom and saying how much I love them and how grateful I am they are in my life. Living a full life with my extended family whilst experiencing true love,  a gift to any human being to enjoy and share! Realizing in the middle of a breakdown how fortunate I am compared to others and that my life is perfect just the way it is.

That I am perfect just the way I am and so is everyone else. 🙂

Cultivate Peace of Mind

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During my travels in Thailand, I came across this wonderful article on cultivating a peaceful mind.

Its called: HAPPY ON THE GO! 

1. Set aside time for exercise to lower your stress. Make it short, everyday with one day rest per week.

2. Allow yourself time for your favorite activities and hobbies. Listening to music, watching movies, reading, shopping, playing, etc.

3. Have a balanced, nutritious diet. Add more fruit and vegetables and cut down on the bread.

4. Ensure you have enough sleep! Try this: Sleep without an alarm clock for a few nights, and see how many hours your body craves. Once you are clear on the amount of hours, use that amount of hours to sleep every night!

5. Avoid coffee and tea that contain caffeine. Or cut down to at least to 1 cup a day in the morning only. You will enjoy it so much!

6. Take an afternoon nap! 15 to 20 minutes is all you need. Or just relax and feel your body become one with the chair or sofa, focussing on each part of your relaxed body (start with your feet and move upwards)

7. Give your office or home a makeover. Clean out unnecessary things. Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Keep things organized and neat. Your mind will follow!

8. Switch off! Turn off your phones, your emails, etc. Just knowing you are unreachable, gives you peace of mind.

9. Avoid stressful activities, people, environment, etc until you are strong enough.

If you have any more ideas, please feel free to comment 🙂

How To Beat The Monday Blues…

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As I was driving to class one Monday morning, I couldn’t help noticing an old, subconscious pattern in my mind, one that affects most of us: Monday Blues.… Even the funky-dance music on the radio didn’t do that trick Friday can. In fact, Monday blues feel like the exact opposite of TGIF excitement.

I investigated this phenomenon. Mondays feel like climbing a mountain, with map instructions and prepared rucksacks of supplies and tools for our journey: We wake up early for work, dive into family responsibilities and are swamped with all sorts of duties. Fridays feel like being on top of the mountain, we can rest, enjoy the view and we can feel our achievements.

Is there anything we can do to make Mondays feel like Fridays? How can we bring that excitement and freedom into Mondays? 

We could change our mindsets, our thoughts. We could transfer the exact emotions and thoughts of Friday’s into Mondays. Even if we are not capable of a similar freedom, we could create one for Mondays. Like they say: ‘ Same same, but different!’

For example: We could imagine our work place like a kids playground and our colleagues are our ‘friends’ whom we adore and eager to play with. We could imagine that our bulk-load  of responsibilities and tasks are our tools to play  and build sandcastles with. We can ‘trick’ our mind and create our own reality of fun and excitement!

If only life was that easy! But hey, anything is possible. Find ways to change your Monday blues into Monday bliss. We are not here forever anyway, we might as well be playful and enjoy the ride!

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Interesting thought: Imagine living your life like you live in a hotel. Nothing belongs to you, you only have yourself and your luggage. You are the one responsible for paying your own bills (life responsibilities) and creating your day (all choices are up to you). Then when you finally check out, you leave with only yourself (your soul) and your luggage (karma)! 

Did You Figure Out the Second Head Fake?

 

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“Did you figure out the head fake? …..It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.”

“Did you figure out the second head fake? This talk’s not for you. It’s for my kids.” 

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US and an author who achieved worldwide fame for his speech, the Last Lecture after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having only a few months to live.

What is your understanding under the second head fake? He mentioned that the quote was for his kids. Why is that? Is it because kids have their whole lives ahead of them and are only beginning with the process of dreaming. Kids have a natural ability to take on things fearlessly, enthusiastically, playfully and with vivid imaginations. They do not know the concept of karma and are not aware of its consequences on their lives. They just live, what feels right to them.

What does it say about us as adults? Are we afraid of change? Do we lack imagination, courage and creativity? Are we too busy multitasking, taking on responsibility and full of stress that we forget our purpose and essence on this planet?

Randy leaves a clue in his first quote: It is about how you lead your life. Ask yourself today, how do I lead my life? What life do I want to lead? What changes do I want to see in my life? Make a note of how you can lead that life that will work for you. Your dreams will naturally follow and with a karma that will be in your favor…and follow the kids! 😉

 

I Am….

Inspired by my friend, Cheryse Gouws, a beautiful, bubbly, spiritual woman of light and color...”To be alive as a human being today is a real blessing. We’re blessed with so many possibilities and our lives here on Earth are very precious. But before we go out there and live a happy, fulfilling life, we need to first understand ourselves and to answer a very important question: ‘Who am I?’ 

source* Terry Lamb

I AM………

I AM Love, I AM Supported and Protected, I AM unlimited Strength and Energy, I AM Strong and Powerful, I AM Empowered,

I AM Buoyant and Alert Energy, I AM Perfect Health, I AM Eternal Youth and Beauty, I AM Vitality, I AM Faith, I AM at Peace in the Light of God that never fails,

I AM Intelligence and Wisdom, I AM Illumined,I AM Shining like the Sun,I AM Lightness, I AM Divine Love, I AM Loved and Adored,

 I AM Sweet and Lovable, I AM Affectionate, I AM Gentle, I AM Happy and filled with Joy, I AM Tolerance and Humbleness, I AM Peace and Harmony,

I AM Purity and Perfection,  I AM the Consecration and Concentration of my life, I AM Balanced, I AM Disciplined and Constant,

I AM organized and responsible,I AM Wealth and Abundance, I AM Opulence, I AM the Freedom of my Boundless supply of money,

I AM the Boundless supply of ALL Good things, I AM Blessed, I AM Thank full and Grateful, I AM Serving, I AM Successful, I AM Victorious,

I AM the only Commanding Presence here, 

 ‘I Am’ the full manifestation of this.  Yes, that is who I am. I am…Free! 

I recommend that you print this out, read it out loud daily and become that who you really are! I am!

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Why Am I Feeling So Sad… :-(

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My post ‘Cry” from a few months ago inspired me to write this blog. I noticed that ‘Cry’ receives the most hits per month. Sadness affects so many people and they are out there searching for help.

Please note that this post is based on my personal experience with emotions. If you are experiencing trauma, anger, severe depression please do seek professional help immediately. I hope and pray that my perception of emotions can bring you some kind of relief, heal your heart and strengthen your wellbeing. May it support you and offer you light on your beautiful path called life…..

Lets take a look at what is going on when you are feeling sad:  You feel depressed, empty, it hurts, you feel rejected, sore and ugly but most of all you feel terribly lonely.

Well, first of all what you are experiencing is completely normal and natural. Feeling sad is the opposite emotion of feeling good. Sadness is the other side of the nice life. Call it what you may, it is there and is now part of you. The first thing is to accept that you feel like shit! 

The next thing is to know that like all things in life, our emotions are coming and going. It is constantly changing and you will feel different at some stage but for now…..you are feeling sad. The next question: ‘What do you do now with this horrible feeling?’ …..You simply feel it!

Yes, that is what you do. Feel it, go into and dive into it without thinking.Make sure when you feel this emotion that you have space, the right support and enough time. Open yourself up and give yourself the chance to really feel it. Go on and feel it!!

There is one thing you must never do: “Never make a decision when you are ‘inside’ an emotion, especially if you feel it very strong like anger. You can hurt yourself and others. It is not possible to make conscious choices under a strong emotion’s influence.”

It may take a few minutes, it may take a day….even a year! It depends how strong the emotion’s imprint is in your heart. Let it out, otherwise you’re faced with it again in the future…it normally shows itself as a disease, a failure or a row of negative results in your life.

Open your heart to your sadness and welcome it. Don’t be afraid, breath into it and be proud of yourself for being able to feel. Once you feel balanced and stronger, then allow yourself to make the healthy choices. Feeling is what makes us human. Any kind of emotion has its role, it is there for a reason. Don’t push it away, oppress it, abuse it or go against it. Take it on, learn from it and enjoy the lesson.

All our obstacles in life are hidden opportunities for us to grow and transform to the better.