10 principles to a peaceful life

We are trying to control everything in life, but if we could learn we can let God do His job we would have a more relaxed and peaceful trip in this life, where joy would come easily, and we would enjoy every moment in our lives.

A simple way to understand this is comparing our trip in life with a trip on a plane.

1. Relax: This may sound so simple, but in this busy life we have created for ourselves, everything seems to be an struggle, we thing that we need to worry about everything in order to care about everything, but we could accomplish much more if we do everything in a relaxed mode, we could live healthier and do more, and yes give ourselves some time everyday just to relax. You wouldn’t have to go to the doctor as often, and eventually you would find more time for your self to relax.

2. Enjoy the view: You may ask What view? That is because we thing there is nothing going on out there, because we are so immerse in our thoughts all the time that we don’t have a second to look outside, but let me tell you; there is always something going on outside, there is something amazing out there, you just need to open your eyes, and close your mind and just look, see all the textures, colors, then see the trees, flowers, clouds, blue skies, sunlight, rain, snow, you will be amazed how many things are out there that you didn’t notice before

3. For sure someone is there to help you: There is someone that is more than happy to help you. Kindness is a quality of humans, we all have kindness and compassion inside of us, though some may show it and others will never do, you can always find the right people to help you, and if you think you can’t find anyone to help you, then go outside, open you arms and say to the sky “I need help”, and you will have it.

The Pilot who always knows what He is doing, let Him do the job.

4. There is a pilot and crew just to take you safe to your destination: There is always, in every moment of your life the ultimate Pilot who always knows what he is doing, let Him do the job, when you are on an airplane you don’t go with the pilot and say ” I think you are going too far east” you trust the pilot all the time, because you know that he knows, if not then you wouldn’t had purchased a ticket,if you wouldn’t trust the pilot. Now imagine what God knows compared to the pilot; trust God.

5. Breathe: All right we are always breathing, but breathing consciously makes a big difference, not only will make you feel relaxed, but it will make you be aware of yourself.

6. If something goes wrong there are face masks and life vests to help you: Sometimes things can go wrong, sometimes the unexpected can happen, but be sure that God would never send you something you could’t deal with, he will always provide you with whatever you need at that moment.

7. You were meant to fly: Sounds like a cliché, but we all were meant to be something great, and most of the times greater than we think we are. You can achieve great things if you believe you can. Wayne Dyer says you could accomplish things beyond your wildest dreams.

8. This is the only trip you have in this moment and only you are the only one that can choose to enjoy it or not: Now is unique and is the only moment you have, not what you had or what you will have in the future,you just have this moment to work with, and you are the only one that could decide to enjoy it or to complain about it, that doesn’t mean you cannot change things, if you don’t like something, this is the moment to change it instead of complaining about it, it is your choice.

9. Bad weather may shake the plane but be sure the sun is always behind the clouds: If you can’t see the sun it doesn’t mean it isn’t out there, so even if you forget about God in your cloudy days, you could be sure He is always there, He will never leave you and will always think about you, even if you don’t.

10. There are many passengers but only one plane we are one with the plane at this moment: We are all connected, we are one in our deepest selfs, we are not separated from the others, not because we have different bodies it means we are separated from the others, the ego is the one that makes you think that, and that feeling of separation is the cause of the suffering in this world, so if you could comprehend the oneness of everything you would have a peaceful and happy trip. I Hope you have it.

God Bless You
James Fontaine

Learning to be Happy

Learning happiness in Harvard:

Happiness is the desire of any person,

But often do not know how to achieve it. Therefore, Harvard University designed a course helping to achieve that state, a class that has become one of the most popular of that prestigious seat of learning.

The class is dictated by Tal Ben-Shahar.

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer at Harvard University. He currently teaches the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership”–with a total of over 1,400 students.

The course is based on field surveys and studies on the characteristics and components to living happily.

Therein Ben-Shahar, also known as the guru of happiness, provides 13 tips to help achieve it. They are quite simple and easy tips to follow.

And here they are.

1. 30 minutes of exercise
All experts agree that physical activity is as good as an antidepressant to improve mood. Thirty minutes exercise are the best antidote to sadness and stress.

2. Breakfast is the key
Some people skip breakfast because they do not have time or do not want fat. Studies show that breakfast helps to have energy, thinking and successfully perform the activities.

3. Thank the good
Write down 10 things you have in your life that give you happiness. When we make a gratitude list, we force ourselves to focus on good things.

4. Be assertive
Ask for what you really want and say what you think. It has been shown to be assertive helps improve self-esteem.

5. Spend on experiences
Spend your money on experiences, not things. 75 percent of people feel happier when they invest their money on travel, courses and classes. In contrast, only 34 percent say they feel happier when they buy things, except if needed.

6. Do not delay
‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’. Studies show that there is more anxiety and tension the more delayed.

7. Be polite and smile
Always greet and be kind to others. Just smile changes the mood. In addition, most people will value to be treated better.

8. Watch your posture
Walk straight with your shoulders back slightly and looked up at the front helps to maintain a good mood.

9. Music is essential
It is proven that listening to music awakens desire to sing and dance, which makes life merry.

10. Think about what you eat
What you eat has a major impact on your mood. For this reason, it is advisable to eat something light every three or four hours order to maintain stable glucose levels. Do not skip meals and avoid excess sugar and white flour. Eat everything and vary the
foods.

11. Accept failure
Accept failure as part of life, go ahead and learn from it.

12. Take care of your appearance
41 percent of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.

13. Surround yourself with your memories
Paste pleasant memories, phrases and pictures of their loved ones everywhere, in your fridge, on your computer, on your desktop … Surround yourself with things that remind you of good times.

Big think

God Bless You

Who Speaks for the Climate?


Last week I had the opportunity to attend to a Max Boykoff’s conference from his book Who Speaks for the Climate.Max Boykoff is the leading researcher and critical voice on the media and climate change.

Even though I am not an expert at all about climate change I can tell you that it is a fact that media is talking about it, and sometimes not telling the whole truth about it, also the experts are making a big effort to open our eyes in order to wake up our awareness about it.

It doesn’t matter where you live, we all live in the same planet, and this planet we call earth is alive, and we can see that everywhere. Lots of people are telling us nowadays that earth is our house and we must take care of it, I would go farther and say we are one with earth, we can’t separate our lives from earth, we eat, breath and drink from earth, actually we are physically connected to earth all the time.

When we think about earth we think about the whole planet and sometimes it could be overwhelming, because we think that saving the whole planet is a huge task, and it is, but we can start with being aware of it and do the things we can do to help in our everyday life, the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY(EPA) has 9 you can do at home:

1-Change the lights to Energy Star bulbs
2- Look for Energy Star products
3- Heat and Coll smart
4- Seal and insulate you house
5- Use green Power
6- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
7- Be green in you yard
8- Use water efficiently
9- Spread the word

For further information you can visit EPA page:

http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/index.html

But most of all be aware that you are part of earth and you are not separate from it, you are connected to earth, and you will always live here in this planet also named by ancient cultures

Mother Earth

God Bless You

Do I live in a friendly or a hostile Universe?

This is the second part of Einstein’s philosophical thoughts.

Einstein who is best remembered as a scientist, found wisdom in his search for true, He said this:

“The most important decision you’ll ever make is
whether you live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe”

This literally can change the way you perceive the world, the way you perceive reality, because if you choose to live in a hostile world, then you will find a hostile world everywhere you go.

You may think these are just feeling good words, which may sound nice, and eventually may work for some issues, but they can’t change the word as it is.

Well these words are more powerful than you may think, let’s have simple example of how we perceive the “world outside”.

Try to remember when you were going to buy a car, let’s say you decide to by an specific car from a brand, almost everyday when you are on the streets, you may start noticing the same model of car you want to buy, you start noticing there are different types of the same model you want to buy, and you start encountering more and more cars of that brand than ever before.

The cars did not show up magically that day, they already were there before, but you didn’t notice them, because you didn’t think about them, but in the moment you start to think about it, they seem to show up more and more.

There is no difference with what Einstein said, (after all he is considered the brightest mind of the last century) when you choose to live in a hostile word, you start to find bad news, the people you talk to seem to tell you bad news most of the times, you find the worst drivers on your way, and bad news become a part of your life. It doesn’t mean there are not good people or good news, but you chose to live in a hostile Universe, therefore you perceive a hostile Universe everywhere you go.

The opposite is true as well, when you choose to live in a friendly Universe, you start to see opportunities everywhere you start to see more and more good news, or maybe you stop watching the news, you find good people all the time, good things start to happen. It doesn’t mean that there are no more bad news, it is just that you decide not to focus on them and start focusing in good things instead.

Trungnpa Chogyam in his book The Sacred Path of the Warrior has a very important observation:”we can actually cure ourselves of depression if we recognize that the world we have is good”

If you decide to live in a friendly world and wake every morning saying to yourself

I live in a friendly world.

Then at some point, you may find yourself in a different word, because you discovered reality is nothing else than what we perceive trough our thoughts, through the memories we have accumulated from the past, and that it is different to everyone, because everyone has chosen, even without knowing to live in a friendly or a hostile world

It is your choice

God Bless you

Imagination is Everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is well known for his contributions to science, but most people don’t realize Einstein was also ahead of his time with his philosophical thoughts, we have been using some of Einstein’s principles in human development as well as in physics . His research in quantum physics are the basis of how we can change our reality by changing our thoughts, but not only in a philosophical way, but in a scientific way as well, because of Einstein we now know that the particles in an atom depend on the observer, that we can change the atom’s form from a particle to a wave,therefore we now know as Dr Wayne W. Dyer says:

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

There is also the relativity principle which I will talking about it in a future post, but the one we a going to talk about it is “Imagination”

Imagination by definition is the ability of forming mental images, sensations and concepts, in a moment when they are not perceived through sight, hearing or other senses. It is our ability to create something that doesn’t exist (yet) in our minds, but it is also the ability to create what we imagined in our reality as well. All of the biggest accomplishes in human history started as a thought, started as imagination. It is called imagination, because it is the creation of imagethe with a thought.

There has been great examples of great people who has had great imagination: Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Gandhi, martin Luther King, and so many others , and of course one of my favorites Walt Disney, who is the best example of imagination. He did not only used imagination to create Disney and everything that we now know about it, he also promoted imagination, because he knew the power of it, he knew that everything he created started as a thought, as an image in his mind.

But Walt Disney knew that an image in your mind is not enough, you need to implant that image in your heart in order to create that image as a reality and not only as a dream. Disney knew that when you put your heart in an idea, there are big chances it will come true, because your heart is the connection with your Higher Self, it is the connection with God, therefore , when you connect your ideas with God, magic starts to work for and with you.

When you wish upon a star your dreams come true

So use your imagination to create the life you want, the people you want to be with, the circumstances you need in your life, and then put your heart on those ideas,feel it as if it already exists in your life, then thank God for them, and be ready to enjoy Life’s coming attractions.

God Bless You

Are you living in the present moment? If not, this video could help.

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Ric learned a lot from being in the edge of death, and he shares his learning in a very simple way. Being close to death makes you put things in perspective, makes you realize you have been wasting precious time doing something that is not worth it, expending too much time being worry for things that have already happened or that may never happen.

Eric says this

“I collect bad wines”

He says if he has a good bottle of wine and he is with th right person, he will open it, because he may never have the time to open it.

He also says he doesn’t argue now to be right, he wants to be happy instead.

Don Juan the chaman in Carlos Castaneda’s book is always talking about your own death, it says that your death can teach you more than your own life, because knowing you are going to be death takes away the urgency to accumulate possessions. It also makes you braver and stronger, because you know that one day you are going to be gone.

He also says something that really caught my attention, he says that he wasn’t rally afraid of death, though he didn’t want to die, because he wanted to help more people, he wanted to see his sons grow up, he wasn’t afraid of dying.

It makes you wonder that being so close to death could make you see it as it really is, as something natural, as the next step towards our evolution, returning back to the Source, returning back to the state of peace and endless consciousness. Return to God, which I believe it couldn’t be sad at all.

But for now we only have this moment and nothing else, so we can keep busy living or keep busy dying.
It is your choice

God Bless You

http://on.ted.com/A7hv

Gratitude

Here is this beautiful video about gratitude, about presence, about living in the now, in the only day we have: TODAY.

In the first place I thought about explaining the meaning of the content of the movie, then I realized I didn’t need to explain it, you just need to see it by yourself to experience it.

I hope you have a great day.

God Bless You

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Who’s packing your parachute?


Last Sunday I was watching Joel Osteen’s show(www.JoelOlsteen.com), and he was telling the story of an US Pilot, named Charles Plumb, here is the story:

He was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane as destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.

“ I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”

Plumb thought of the man hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb goes around the world giving conferences, and he always asks his audience:

“Who’s packing your parachute?”

The People that is packing our parachutes are the ones that we don’t notice most of the times, the people that do the “small things” for us: the people that is cleaning the streets, cleaning the office, the policeman, the waiter at the restaurant, the cashier at the grocery store. All those people that we sometimes barely notice and that many times we don’t even know their names, are always there for us, even when we don’t even notice them.

You could do many things for these people behind you, but sometimes the best way to do something for them is to say “thank you” from the heart, letting them know, that they are really important for you, that they are doing a great job for you and that you really appreciate it.

A simple way to do this is to do it one at a time, this way we can start by finding one person that does somethong for us, and start thanking one person every day, trying to be aware of all the persons behind you, one person per day, one at a time. you can write them a letter, an email, a text message, you can thank them in person.

I am pretty sure you won’t run out of persons that are now helping you, you may even notice that you are aware of more and more people every day that are there to make your life easier.

I also want to Thank You for reading my posts.

God Bless You

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Meditation: a scientific approach

During the last decades, there had been several studies about the benefits of meditation. When people in the early seventies started to hear about meditation, they thought it was like a new ORIENTAL religion, and the ones that would practice it would feel good and would try to convince others about the benefits, but most of those were convinced because they coul see a change in the other person. Actually when you meditate, you feel good, and that should be a satisfactory argument, but for us in the occidental world, we need facts in order to believe in certain things, like meditation.

That is why there had been so many studies about meditation, because we know it’s good, but we need to see the numbers, the data, the benefits of practicing it in a way we can understand.

Some studies found that the brain of the meditators have increased the gray mass, like the one published at Psychiatry Research:

Analyses in a priori regions of interest confirmed increases in gray matter concentration within the left hippocampus

They studied prior non meditators who meditate for 8 weeks, and found out extraordinary results for the meditators.

The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress, so meditators not only increased their capacity to focus, but they decreased their capacity to suffer stress in the same conditions that they used have before.

Sindya Bhanoo explains this study in a simple way in the New York times

New York Times: How Meditation can change the brain

There have been other studies to regular meditators, like this one expalined in the BBC which was made to Buddhist meditators:

BBC: Brains of Buddhist monks scanned in meditation study

In the study they found out that the meditators have an high capacity to reorganize the neuronets:

When one relaxes into the state of oneness the neuronets change andr the psychological wall between them and their surroundings. Meditators claim to have a deep harmony between them and their surroundings.

Unfortunately all this studies can’t give you the experience of meditation, that can’t be explained with words, because each one experience it in a different way. So try it now if you haven’t done it previously, and if you already are a meditator, now you know some scientific data of what you are already experiencing.

God Bless You.

The Dark Side

Inside all of us there seems to be a dark side, the one that tells us to do the things we will regret later.

There is nothing to be afraid of, as Deepak Chopra mentions in his book ” The Shadow”

” if we work closely with our own shadow instead of running away from it, we will find a peace hard to get anywhere else.”

Do you remember those movies where there isn angel in one side an a devil in the other side? The angel is telling to do the right thing, even if it will make us uncomfortable, and on the other side there is the devil, telling us to do what is not right. In the movies, most of the times the devil wins and the character ends up doing something that is wrong, even if it regrets that decision later.

We have those two sides in ourselves, one is the ego and the other one is our true Spirit, they both live inside of us, but only one is real (the Spirit) and the other one is not (the ego). And deep inside if us, we know that, we can identify what is true and what is not, and even if we listen to the other side, we know it is not right.

But we can’t fight the ego, because it is not real, and we can only fight what is real, instead of that, we can be aware of it, and choose not to listen to it. But that is not possible all the times, if it would be, then we would all be saints, and there wouldn’t be a need to be here on earth. During our lives we will certainly listen to the ego many times, but it is not a lost fight, if we are able to learn from our mistakes, then the ego starts loose its strength, and eventually we would listen to it less times than the ones we listen to the Spirit.

But there is something important we need to consider, we must not get angry to ourselves, for our mistakes, for the times we listened to the ego, If we do that, then we are listening to the ego twice.

We must learn from our mistakes, the we are reactivating the learning process that we had when we came to this world, the we would learn as much as we learned when we were toddlers, that everything was new and we learned so much because we made so many mistakes, but we learned from them always.

So next time you listen to your dark side, use it as a tool to learn from it and become a better person than you were before.

God Bless You