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Scared of Making a Wrong Choice? How to Make a Choice Among Endless Possibilities

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Have you ever had enough and thought something like ‘If only making this choice was easier?’ This article might shed some light on how to make right choices when you’re overwhelmed by data and possibilities. Here are some of the ways (among loads) of how to deal with the influx of information from here and there and everywhere, and this, and that… Stop that! 

There is a lot to choose from. Everywhere. Literally. Instead of reading this post you could choose a million different things (online), or another few thousand offline (the numbers do not correspond to reality ;). I know that feeling. Having some time to spare and scratching your head over all these things you could possibly do. And that’s just a decision of how to spend your evening.

How about making bigger decisions? Where to live, who to hang out with regularly, what interests to pursue, what career decisions to make, not to mention romance-related decisions… If only it was easier, right?

Not exactly.

It’s not easy, and it’s not difficult either. It’s what you make of it. You can spend the whole evening thinking what to do and eventually spending the evening thinking… (yeah, it’s happened to me, I confess…) or, you can choose something randomly, ask a friend, throw a coin into the air… Maybe there is some better way of making decisions during this constant influx of information, possibilities, options, things to do, read & think about. It’s called Informational Age, but I guess that means what it means – instead of overwhelming you with choice, it’s supposed to give you all the information you need to make the right choice. At least in theory.

We are sometimes confused if we have too much choice. There is a book called ‘The Paradox of Choice – Why More is Less’ by Barry Schwartz, a psychologist, saying that the more choice we have (as consumers), the more anxious we are…And it’s true that if we have loads of choice, we might not know what to do and end up not choosing what we want. Or even if we do, there is this fear of not making the best choice… Have you ever had it? I have.

My options of how not to get lost in the abundance of possible (and impossible) choices are the following:

- mindfulness. I hope you don’t get impatient by me using this word quite often. I do it only because… it works. As a busy skeptic in her head all the time (before I started practicing mindfulness), I can say it brings gigantic results in the long run if practiced regularly. So if you don’t know what to choose, start breathing. In… and out. At your own pace. NOT thinking about the choice you’re making. Just allow your body to rest and relax into whatever comes to you. You might discover many different things while doing this. I’m not gonna tell you what they would be – only you can find out. Everybody has their own means to do it. For me, it clarifies my choices in a significant way. You can find out more about it here. I hope it helps you too.

- go for a walk instead. It works for me in terms of shopping. If I’m undecided about buying something, that means I’m not 100% sure (because when you know you need /want something, you know it). In this case, walking (especially in nature) helps. I would suggest a park or a quiet street. It may help you make the decision and, maybe even you would find that you don’t need to buy anything after all. It happened to me many times. There is so much consumerism anyways and sometimes we get influenced by adverts and juicy displays. We do that. They know it. And it’s ok as long as you’re conscious of it.

- doing one thing at a time. Multitasking is overrated. So if you want to do many things at the same time (to avoid making the wrong choice), please try to focus on just one thing. Sometimes even a random choice of one activity/thing to do helps your attention to not drift but stick to it and eventually you can enjoy it more than if you were doing several things at once.

- this one is a ‘freak’ option, and it works sometimes :) If you’re stuck between choices, how about choosing neither of them, but something completely different? You’re going against your ego then, that is trying to win your internal battle with itself by making the best choice possible. By circumventing its ways, you may choose  something new. And you might like it.

The above mentioned ways apply mainly to small choices that wouldn’t make a life-changing difference, however, you can use some of them for big decisions. I wouldn’t suggest flipping a coin when deciding whether or not to marry someone, for instance, but I would definitely suggest mindfulness in making a decision concerning your career. After all, your ‘inner self’ knows already what you want to be doing, so if you could only listen to it beneath all these distractions… It would be different, right? So… why not do it? Like, …now? :) (after reading this article)?

Making a choice doesn’t have to be scary. And even if your choice isn’t perfect, you can change it by making another choice. There is always a way to thrive in the abundance of information coming from all directions. If you trust your internal compass (intuition), you are likely to feel more secure while doing it. And it’s likely to pay off in the long run.

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

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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 sitting on grass in a park at lunchtime or after a hard day can replenish our energy, relax us or cheer us up. Do you know what exactly is happening?

I have recently encountered (both theoretically and practically) something that certain authors call ‘Earthing’ – the Earth’s natural power to energise your body. According to Clinton Ober, author of the book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!, walking barefoot on natural surfaces like grass, sand or plain dirt is a very natural thing, practiced by people for centuries and there are reasons why. The electric field of the Earth, with its subtly pulsating frequencies, has a significant impact on human body. Free electrons from the ground can make your body’s self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms work better. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power, he says, and they can neutralise free radicals in your body. The free radicals would otherwise cause oxidation reactions, taking electrons from healthy tissue, damaging cells and potentially causing inflammation. Therefore it might be advisable to just have a walk outside, or sit with your shoeless and sockless feet on the ground, and wait for the results.

According to C. Ober, going barefoot in nature for 40 minutes can bring the results like reduction or elimination of chronic pain, improved sleep, normalisation of the body’s biological rhythms, reduced muscle tension and headaches, acceleration of healing of injuries and many more. You can find the whole list in the Summer 2014 issue of Mind Body Spirit Magazine. The author claims to have recovered from years of chronic back pain in this way.

Simple solutions can bring remarkable results. Clinton Ober even says that walking barefoot on concrete can bring some results. But not on asphalt, glass or other surfaces created by humans.

If you’re still unsure whether to give it a try, there is a nice article by a biomedical professional, Dr Jon Briffa, called Earthing – important discovery or mumbo-jumbo?, giving some more references, research and his personal experience on the subject…

Practicing Earthing briefly for just two days has made me feel relaxed, connected to my body, and it made my mind a bit clearer. It has relieved my headache and made me feel rejuvenated. This may be because the pace of nature is much slower to the usually busy lives a lot of us live nowadays… More to come if I dedicate some time to do this on a regular basis (this is the plan)… Because when you do it,

you look, feel and sleep better. You have more energy and less pain. It’s Mother Earth’s gift to all of us.

(quote from Clinton Ober’s article entitled EARTHING: Tapping into Mother Earth’s Remarkable Healing Power, Mind Body Spirit Magazine, Summer 2014, page 18 -> you can read it on paper or on your iPhone/iPad using this app)

Take good care and enjoy your barefoot walk!

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

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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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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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Do you know what you’re capable of? #quote

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

- Thomas Edison

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Meditation is easy, really.

Meditation is not a difficult task. It is a way to lead you to your long-lost home.
- Soen Shaku

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How to Achieve Big Dreams?

Here’s something for you, dreaming of achieving great things. Before you start mourning how far it is to reach your goal, let me tell you this (simple & proved):

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It does not matter that the goal you would like to reach is far away. As long as you take your first steps, you’ll get there, finally. It doesn’t have to be quick, but you will. People who don’t start will not get there at all. You may reach your destination at some point, or even if you don’t, you will land in some place you wouldn’t imagine in the first place, that can turn out to be… even better than that thing you’ve imagined for yourself! You never know.

So, here’s to making ambitious plans to achieve something you’ve really wanted for a long time (yes, you, and I know that there is such a thing) and to making first steps in order to do it. You may achieve it easier than you think. Or you may not. Anyway – you will be much happier because you’ve tried. You’ll ask yourself questions in the future about today and you’d better not hear the response: ‘I wish I had…’. ‘I did it’ sounds better to me. There is a widespread quote saying that in a year from now you’re gonna wish you had started today. And another one…

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown

Fingers crossed for your dreams.

What has inspired you today?

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Can you be in two places at the same time?

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Be who you are …

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

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