When It’s All Said and Done, Will You Have Said More Than You’ve Done?

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Life is not short it’s just very precious. What you say becomes your truth. Every minute counts and it is what you do in that minute and not how many minutes you have. When the time has come for us to go, I would want to die open hands: knowing that I did everything I said I would.

Words are faster than actions. Being an air-sign makes me a dreamer and I tend to speak faster than what I should resulting in empty promises to others and myself. But thank goodness, that’s in the past and I am much better now since I made a conscious decision to walk my walk and talk my talk. And my secret: ‘just do it!’

Our actions have consequences and often we hurt others and ourselves unintentionally. We should do everything in moderation, out of respect and love for others and ourselves, our actions will have positive results.

So go out there, and do it. Achieve your goals, spend time with your loved ones, go out with your friends, write your bucket list, whatever it is, when it’s all said and done, you can say, I’ve done it all!!

Why Am I So Stressed Out!

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Stress affects us all. Today I was victim of this uncomfortable emotion that drove me totally insane! All I wanted to do was to finish my work but unfortunately stress found its way into my system and confronted me with a tough lesson. At the end, I was so unproductive except for writing this post! 😉

Why do we stress? Stress is a small word that causes a lot of problems for so many. After my experience with stress (so far my entire postgraduate year!) I have to share with you that I am not managing stress very well. What is stress and why do we have it?

Apparently stress is necessary to survive in this life.  It can be a positive, negative or neutral experience. I found out that the key to handle stress lies in how we manage it when the feeling of stress comes our way.

Here are some interesting facts about stress: 

  • When you’re overwhelmed with too many things in your life or experiencing something out of the ordinary, stress is what you feel. 
  • Your body responds naturally as though you would be in danger (survival)
  • Your body experiences a release of hormones that makes your heart beats faster, you breathe faster and you get a boost of energy.  
  • The body’s response to stress is called the fight-or-flight mode. 

When it happens, this is what you can do:  (between brackets are my own examples) 

  • Acknowledge that you have stress (yes, about 8 out of 10!) 
  • Find out where it comes from (university and personal) 
  • Write it down and get a clear picture of your situation (thesis and assignment deadlines and my housework) 
  • Prioritize your situation and manage your time by using a time-table for that specific period (weekly timetable done for August with checklists) 
  • Find better ways to cope with situations like to call on support if you need to. (asked my mom and friend to support me with my housework and lighter projects)  
  • Learn from your past and make positive changes for your future. (saying no to social commitments!)
  • Go for a massage, meditate or have a relaxing weekend away in the country. (celebrate my achievements and make time for the most important person in my life…me!) 

I already booked that massage for next week and I am feeling better already! I hope you do too 😉

What Do You Choose…Life or Death

The idea of writing about death made me quite uncomfortable. The problem around death is not the ignorance but its: UNPREPAREDNESS

Unfortunately most societies are oblivious about the dying process and how we can live with self acceptance, awareness and peace around our own death. Will we become fearless once we accept death? We are aware that society controls us and at the same time we are conscious of our own power and our beautiful, innate qualities. Unfortunately most of us are ignorant of our own power. Something is preventing us from living our full potential, living our ‘Natural Self’. What is that saying of us as human beings?

Religion has taken this job of teaching us about death, our true nature and what lies beyond. If death is such a natural process, then why do we need religion to tell us what will happen? Why can’t our communities prepare and inform us through means of education, workshops, Tv programmes? We can then easily accept our dying process and live with it naturally.

Today, I have accepted my death. What created this realisation? I finally understood ‘impermanence’ and who I am. I wish that my society taught me that. I had to wait many years to find out that I am not this body, I have this body and this speech.  Truth is, now I have this life to live and I am grabbing it with both hands. I am indeed thrilled to experience this wonderful gift from the universe that I am part of, we are all part of.

I choose life equals I choose death. What do you choose?