USM Quotes

you know, sometimes I feel like there is so much I want to talk about that I get stuck and can’t talk about anything at all. I really have to start jotting my thoughts down as i think them so when the time comes I don’t get so stuck.  I had school this weekend and while I was there, thought of so many things I wanted to say and talk about but of course now that I am here in front of this computer I feel almost overwhelmed at all that I have learned. 

SoOoOoOOoooo today I am just going to share some awesome quotes that are written on the worksheets they hand out in class that are inspiring and have to do with the topics and skills we discuss. I’ll then try to organize my thoughts so I can come to you with great knowledge next time. Sound good? Thanks for being Awesome!

“Listening is a magnetic strange thing, a creative force. When people really listen to each other in a quiet, fascinated attention, the creative fountain inside each of us begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected wisdom”
– Brenda Ueland

” ‘Once you realize that the world is your projection, you will be free of it’, a guru told his followers. ‘Everything existing around you is painted on the screen of your consciousness. The picture you see may be ugly or beautiful, but in either case you are not bound by it. Rest assured, there is no one who has forced it on you. You are trapped only because of your habit of mistaking the imaginary for real’ ”
– Deepak Chopra (Unconditional Life)

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” It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are”
e.e. Cummings

“The message sent is not always the message received”
– Virgin Satir

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“Three-Fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear if we step into the shoes of our adversaries and understand their standpoint”
– Gandhi

“Look at the word responsibility – “response-ability” – the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that resonsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior…Until a person an say deeply and honestly, ‘I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday’, that person can not say ‘I choose otherwise’ ”
– Stephen Covey

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Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” She asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat. 
“I don’t know” answered Alice. 
“Then”, said the cat, “it doesn’t matter”    
– Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

“You can not escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”
– Abraham Lincoln

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“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
– Viktor Frankl

“The secret to success is constancy to purpose”
– Benjamin Disraeli

Enjoy.

xoxo

barista

Sometimes You Have To Tell Your Mind To SHUT UP

meditationSo a few weeks ago I tried the 21-Day Meditation Challenge online with Deepak and Oprah. Although I didn’t do it every single day during this challenge, I really enjoyed my growing need to start my morning off more grounded.

I learned a few things about myself while doing the last challenge. One important thing was that I am addicted to”rushing”. I noticed that I don’t use my time wisely and every morning I go through chaos trying to get out of the house so I am not late to work. If you are familiar with the experience, you may know that this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.

It was funny because I remember Day 1 of the last challenge and in the beginning Oprah would give a little introduction  for Deepak where he would take over, start explaining the day’s mantra as well as an affirmation to focus on. Then we would begin the actual meditation.

The first day my brain was going so crazy and I was in such a big rush that I remember thinking “can i just skip this part?” “Do I need to hear this?” “OMG this needs to hurry up, I’m gonna be late”. I then remember just laughing at myself a bit because what I was doing right there was exactly the opposite of the reason of why I wanted to meditate in the first place. Here I am, attempting to meditate in order to slow my brain down, and here it is doing its wonderful job at going crazy, and here I was letting it do that. I literally had to tell my mind to just SHUT UP!

In that moment I had to ask myself a quick question, “Do you want to do this or not?”. YES I wanted to do it. I took a deep breath and chose to just listen and follow through. At that moment I let go of the fears I had of being late and remembered why I wanted to take the challenge in the first place.

During this time, I had already been waking up to do B-School, and I had started reading “May Cause Miracles”. I had to also make the meditation a part of my morning schedule, which meant I had to use my time wiser in other areas. For me that meant I had to set a time schedule for the other things I was doing and try to stick it to. When it came to meditation time, I was able to put everything on hold for just 15 minutes, which allowed me to start my day off positive and more balanced.

 I was finding my peace in the morning and this also allowed me to become more calm through out my day. I was then even able to “meditate” while doing other things throughout the day. When I would find my mind going crazy and jumping from one thought to another and/or my leg tapping back and forth from anxiety, all I had to do was take a deep breath, tell my mind to shut  up and choose to focus 100% at the task at hand.

Last week in my email I received another 21-day meditation challenge and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys and get started. I would love for you guys to join me in my next 21 day meditation challenge with Deva Premal & Miten.

You can sign up here through Mentors Channel. The meditation started on April 23rd but right now Day 1 is still posted so it’s not too late but hurry before they take down Day 1.

Just remember, the simple practice of setting aside 20 minutes of your morning to practice meditation will start to strengthen your ability to focus on other areas of your life as well. Who’s with me?

SIGN UP NOW!

xoxo,

barista

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Intuition

Intuition is not really a thought or a running dialogue, it is a quiet sense of things. The chatter of thoughts that run through our heads feels very different from intuition. The stream of thoughts is driven by habit and conditioning and is usually tinged with emotions. Intuition is not emotional nor is it derived from old conditioning or fear, it has a simple purity to it that is almost impersonal.

~ Deepak Chopra

Recognizing Your True Self.

I remember back a long time ago, in my head when I used to think about the future and what I was destined to do I had two visions in mind. What’s funny is that these visions appeared to be completely opposite. I am a very passionate person, especially when it comes to things I believe in. LOVE and deep care for human life and happiness is one of my sincere passions. So in one vision I always saw myself as this person “tree-hugger” type person that spread knowledge and fought for the things I believed in. I imagined myself not feeling the need to really have a big house, lots of money, a nice car as long as I was living what I believed in and helping others. The other vision I was destined to be this rich woman and nothing else mattered as long as I could have and buy the things I wanted. I never pictured this person being one in the same, I didn’t see it possible. One valued self and one valued things. As much as I knew the person that valued self was the TRUE me it was really hard to not want to value things. And it still is. Especially in a society that puts so much focus on the value of things and their relation to your importance as a person.

As I have grown older I’ve come to learn more about the difference between one’s true self and their “everyday” self. Your true self is deeper than your everyday self. I touched on this a tad here. Your true self is who you are in your soul. The purest part of who you are. When we were born into life form we were born in our purest form. Then as we grow and we develope an ego and stories about ourselves and others based on the things that go on around us we start to develop our everyday selves. Our true self is the one that can feel peace, security, love while our everyday self is succumbed to suffering, stress, insecurity.  Just seeing the difference between the emotions these two selves bring about, you can imagine how your reality and experiences could be very different depending on which self is you are experiencing. How can you live according to your true self if you can’t recognize the difference?

I found an article by Deepak Chopra that explains the difference between your TRUE self and your EVERYDAY self.

At those dark, tough moments, try to get some outside perspective about what is happening. The qualities of the everyday self and the true self are actually very different:

1. The true self is certain and clear about things. The everyday self gets influenced by countless outside influences, leading to confusion.

2. The true self is stable. The everyday self shifts constantly.

3. The true self is driven by a deep sense of truth. The everyday self is driven by the ego, the unending demands of “I, me, mine.”

4. The true self is at peace. The everyday self is easily agitated and disturbed.

5. The true self is love. The everyday self, lacking love, seeks it from outside sources.

Because of human nature it is not as easy for some to recognize the difference between both. It takes a lot of insight and practice. I know I mention “The Path” a lot and to me living a life on The Path means being your TRUE self. It seems like it would be so easy but in fact is maybe one of the most challenging things for us to do. Although challenging, your true self will NEVER guide you in the wrong direction. It knows the reality you are meant to live and when you have faith in it, it will make sure you get there. Your everyday self on the other hand, guided by your ego, will do everything in its power to separate you from your true self because it values separation. Millions of people spend their lives chasing the value of “things” due to living from the ego. These “things” will decide the quality and value of life, at least according to how society has trained us. The ego tells us we are separate from the next person therefore we can be scaled as better or worse than them according to our job, money, degree…our “things” and this determines our happiness. Well one of the best quotes I heard was “I wish everyone could be rich so THEN they will know, that’s not where it’s at”.

So while your everyday self wants “things” your true self knows what it really needs to bring joy into your life. Once you can recognize that and trust it your life will change dramatically. The “things” will still be there but your reality about them and most importantly, yourself will change. Your true self will start to offer for you all the things your ego can’t. Pay attention to how you feel. When you feel good it means you are aligned with your higher power. When you feel bad it means you aren’t aligned. Stand up to your everyday self and go towards those things that make you feel good, because in the end thats the thing we are all chasing after. Happiness and inner joy.

“Once you begin to recognize and encourage the qualities of the true self, your life will begin to change. You’ll make better choices. You’ll expand your awareness. You’ll discover and encourage your purpose. You’ll challenge yourself to meet new goals.

The greatest spiritual secret in the world is that every problem has a spiritual solution, not because every prayer is answered by a higher power, but because the true self, once discovered, is the source of creativity, intelligence and personal growth. No external solution has such power. The true self is the basis for being deeply optimistic about how life turns out and who you really are, behind the screen of doubt and confusion. The path to it isn’t simply inspiring; it’s the source of solutions that emerge from within” – Deepak Chopra

xoxo,