5 Books After Which Nothing Will Be The Same. Ever.

There are some books that we love. There are some books that are recommended to us or highly rated. There are some books that are classics, or that we think we should More »

Invisible. About the thread that has the power to change you.

What’s invisible for you, might not seem the same thing for somebody else. People come and go. Every person is here to teach us something, to point at something, to show the More »

Great album to relax to – ‘Shanti Guitar’ by Stevin McNamara

Not often can you find something soothing and interesting at the same time. This is clearly the case with the album called Shanti Guitar by Stevin McNamara. The heartfelt picking seems deeper More »

A Short Guide to Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is a practice of savouring every bite of your meal, in the same way you cherish every day if you live by the carpe diem maxim. In an era when there More »

EARTH(L)ING. How to tap into the Earth’s healing power

Have you ever had that feeling that when you go out into nature, the troubles that were on your mind before are not that stressful anymore, or sometimes they completely vanish? Even More »

How to have an effortless breakthrough by small, regular steps – a little, step-by step guide

Here is how small changes, repeated over a period of time, can lead to a breakthrough. Have you ever wanted to make a change but didn’t know where to start? Is there More »

 

Positive, exciting, moving, touching, funny, heartfelt and brave. And yellow. My review of ‘The yellow world’ by Albert Espinosa

The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come TrueThe Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They’ll Come True by Albert Espinosa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Positive, exciting, moving, touching, funny, heartfelt and brave. And yellow.

First of all we get to know some bits from the story of a young boy who gets diagnosed with cancer… From here on it goes unconventionally. No dramatic stories, no tear-jerking episodes of heartbreak and loss, no grieving over lost time and health… Instead, we get discoveries. Various discoveries about life that were presented to him during these times, even though he did not understand some of them back then. Overheard conversations, insights, experiences… They are sometimes eye-opening; sometimes silly; sometimes moving.

Then we are delved into a magical world of yellows. A world that exists but that is not always noticeable, yet it happens to all of us. These people are really important in our lives. Who are yellows? Everyone has a certain amount of them in their life… Do you know how to find them?

This book is positive, exciting, moving, touching, funny, heartfelt and brave. The author clearly has fun writing it and enjoys sharing his deep thoughts, even from a long time ago. You can’t help but resonate with these young guys, ‘Eggheads’ as he puts it with an uplifting sense of humour, who despite their varyingly dire circumstances try to live their normal lives, share joys and jokes with each other, have dreams and best friends. It made me feel we often see a stereotypical, dark-painted picture when we hear the word ‘cancer’. On the other hand, he acknowledged it and befriended it. He even liked the word ‘tumour’. Not unsurprisingly, it rhymes with the word humour.

Trust your dreams and they’ll come true. Trust and true are very similar words, and they are similar because they are actually close to each other, really very close. So close that if you do trust something, it will come true.

Have you seen a yellow around you?

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How to have an effortless breakthrough by small, regular steps – a little, step-by step guide

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Here is how small changes, repeated over a period of time, can lead to a breakthrough.

Have you ever wanted to make a change but didn’t know where to start? Is there something you have promised yourself to do but didn’t do it because the process seemed daunting? Here are a few simple ways to help you stay on track by making some almost unnoticeable steps in your schedule that will lead you in the right direction.

It all begins with one single step. Whether you shop for groceries or want to enroll on a three-year course, it begins with one step. The sparkle – the decision – then one step. Or, if you want to make a significant change in your habits – let’s say, be on time to your appointments, finally, even one simple step of going out five minutes earlier than usual, would help.

Every bit helps. Same with your savings – instead of buying something now and stretching your budget, if you just refrained from that one thing you eat out normally, just once a week, and instead prepared yourself a sandwich before you went out, with time you might save enough to get this thing without much effort. With time.

It’s all about progress made in time. Small progress. Because if you want something different, even a little change in your habits is better than no change, right? If you don’t take the steps, things will probably not go into the direction you want. And if you do, you may effortlessly find yourself in the right place.

I’ve found a lot of these kinds of advice in a book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life. The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph. D. It explains them in an encouraging way:

Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.

The same applies to getting fit, upgrading your skills, meeting new people, becoming less shy, learning a new language, stepping out of your comfort zone, quitting smoking, finding a job… The areas where you can use that approach are endless. You can probably come up with ten more things you would like to change a little bit. One at a time. If you like, please share them with me.

After all, our ordinary days consist of many little things that we do, which in time sum up into a whole of our experiences that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Even Einstein said that his talent was to be curious enough to check various possibilities and not giving up. And if the world is a matter of vibration, and we are too, why not raise it just a tiny bit and step by step become what we would truly love to be?

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

- Galileo

Small things matter.

 

And to end, this quote:

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

Gail Sheehy

 

photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano via photopin cc

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Secret Sounds

‘Secret Sounds’ by Veet Vichara & Premanjali

This is something that has inspired me a lot recently.

Soothing music, clear vocals, spacious sounds, simplicity, raw beauty.

It can help during meditation, relaxing activities, or even cleaning the house in a mindful way :) Or… working. As background music.

I totally recommend it :)

Do you like it?

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Habits of the wealthiest people and how we can learn them.

The wealthiest people in the world usually do something on an everyday basis – to get to where they are and further. If you perform an action every day, it surely has an effect on your life in the long run – good or not so good. It is worth looking at your own habits and checking if you are doing well and if you are on your way to where you want to get. At the end of the day, some of these habits are rather easy to implement if you stick to them.

Did you know that the most affluent people read many books and they enjoy reading? Someone has said to me that the rich people have large libraries at their homes, whereas the poor have large TVs… This kind of painful truth tells us something. It does not mean that you should throw your TV out of the window. Quite the opposite, because there are many programs on TV that are quite inspirational. Instead, it tells us to choose the things we do wisely. Not without a reason English language uses the word ‘spend’ for both time and money… You really SPEND your time – which is your asset, and if you are watching only reality shows regularly, you are ‘spending’ the money you could one day earn if you invested that time in educating yourself about a subject you care about, or in pursuing an interest, or in learning a new skill, or in reading a well-written book… It could all make you flourish if you let it happen.

There are many useful lessons to be taken from this picture. I love simple graphical representations of things. I hope you like them and I truly believe it may give you some energy too. To act.

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Source: Business-Management-Degree.net

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How to make the grass greener on our side.

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Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.

- Arthur Ashe

I’ve heard this saying many, many times… Are we truly aware of what it means to really enjoy the journey?

Take this situation: we are planning our career for years, taking courses, getting experience, burning the midnight oil, to ‘make it’ one day. As Thich Nhat Hahn has said, we know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. It all comes down to this observation: We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living… (Peace Is Every Step). Do we have to be that way?

I know it’s easy to forget about all this. We all get busy in our jobs, interests, friendships, family commitments, things to do, etc., that sometimes it is easy to forget that in ten years time (or thirty years time!) we would be wishing that today came back. Sooner or later, this is gonna happen, as we are not getting any younger…

Time is the most precious resource that we have. So, let’s use it wisely. Let’s be here and now, instead of giving people around us vacant stares and thinking about something else all the time. They say that grass is always greener on the other side… The same with future, it seems better than the present time… But if you really cross that fence, you may realise that the grass on the other side is exactly the same as yours, or, you may realise it is greener, but it is also artificial, made of plastic, what you didn’t see from a distance, and you cannot actually lay on it or walk a dog on ;)

Things change. Nothing – a job, a home, an age, a group of friends – is forever. Appreciate what you have. You may not have it tomorrow.

Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisonkilla/4011479540

 

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Wings for your mind

Someone has made an aeroplane entirely out of paper… Recreating tiny little details, including how the engine behaves when the plane is landing… That is some true dedication.

I could not believe when I saw it with my eyes. Although people make airplane models and I have seen some of them in my life, this one has completely stunned me. A person spending five years on it, perfecting every single detail of it, taking care of every minute imperfection, making sure everything matches the original… The seats upholstery, the head rests on every single one of its 400 seats or so… My awe is unstoppable.

The dedication of this guy reminds me of Birdy (the William Wharton one), who wanted to become a bird badly enough, that eventually, through struggle and pain and in due course, with time, he became one… This is so realistically beautiful, but I do not mean its shape (although it is very impressive and detailed), I mean the beauty of the person’s dedication. I see their meticulous cutting and structuring of tiny paper elements in every single part of this plane. Excellence of manual skills is an understatement.

I hope that one day it will fly. And not fly in the air, like a big metal plane, but to fly into your imagination and inspire more of it. Not only more of paper plane models, but more of that motivation to spend your time and energy (and a lot of it!) to create something that will touch the other person. To me, it’s a miniature of our world. It’s a symbol of times. It’s a Western worldview made of paper. It’s so many things. To you, it can be something completely different. Or it can just be a paper model. I have been told that I have a vivid imagination.

Whatever your thought is, whatever your feelings are, please enjoy it. Enjoy this meticulous journey (welcome aboard), sit back and relax, and be inspired to perfect your own work of art – your life.

Period.

Oh, and here is the link: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/paper-bowing-airplane/

What do you think?

 

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Peace & mindfulness quote

If we live our present moment mindfully, we will know what to do and what not to do, and we will try to do things in the direction of peace.

- Thich Nhat Hahn, Peace Is Every Step

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Tuesday Quote

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Obstacles? Take one step.

Stand up to your obstacles & do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

- Norman Peale

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Deers’ breath…

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