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Book recommendation

 

I am very grateful that I was introduced to this inspirational, life-changing book called Big Magic written by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.

I feel a bit inappropriate to call this book ‘life-changing’, since people usually refer to books like The Power of Now from Eckhart Tolle, or The Secret from Rhonda Byrne as such. It is that for me anyway (like some sort of personal Bible). I believe I will get back to it in the future, and reread it for everyday inspiration and encouragement. It could be life-changing for many other people out there, who may never get around to read it. That is why I am spreading the message – read this book!

The primary theme in the book is about creative expression, therefore one could think it is written only for artists, such as writers, poets, painters, actors, etc. The author talks a lot about her own path in creative expression and writing. If you consider you have any sort of creative talents to be expressed, then this book is for you. If you never considered yourself talented in any creative field, there must be at least something that greatly interests you and find joy in pursuing that thing. Then this book is for you as well.

You don’t have to be a professional artist at all, this book in itself is an inspiration to follow through with whatever you like doing, just because you love to do it. The author encourages all of us to pursue our dreams, because it is fun, and reminds us all the time not to be discouraged by any outer circumstances. Because if we are in this lifetime, we might as well enjoy it!

 

 

 

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Don’t do it if it doesn’t make you happy!

 

How many times in life do we find ourselves doing something that doesn’t make us happy? Recognising the fact that something does not make us happy is fine, actually this is the first step we can take towards something different that will make us feel better.

The real question is: do you recognise and accept that something does not make you happy, and maybe it is time to move on? Or do you just continue to do the same thing, hoping that things are going to get better?

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

Things are not going to get better, unless you DO something. Although, in some situations, the only thing you can do for the moment is changing your mindset, and that is enough.

You cannot turn a situation around instantly, therefore the best way to start the process is in your head. Think some positive thoughts! Use your mind, change your thoughts, see the positive aspects in your current situation and gather some ideas about how you would like the situation to turn around. The process will take you to the next logical step, and maybe even some unexpected changes will turn up in your life, like you are offered a better job or you get a good idea or help from someone you did not expect.

Just trust the process, keep in mind what you want, take the necessary steps and sooner or later you are out of that situation that no longer served you and your happiness. Remember, life is too short to live miserably, so it is better for you to take action right now if you aren’t happy where you are. Things are not going to change overnight, so be patient, use your mind first to get a clear picture about what you really want and do not give up!

I encourage you to keep your vision and you can create the dream life that you want to live!

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Who is the real You?

 

Sometimes in life we get so used to certain emotions and behaviours that we identify ourselves with these patterns. Our life is made up of habits, no wonder we can easily get used to some behaviours that are not necessarily beneficial to us, to our real selves.

Everyone had, for example in their childhood, certain patterns that they used in order to cope with the world or to get attention from their parents. While some children choose to be naughty, others may be full of anxiety when it comes to getting attention. Teenagers often get involved in dangerous activities to show off their newly discovered self, but others may go through stages of depression.

I believe these coping mechanisms stay with us in our adulthood, and we use the same patterns when we are faced with a problem. We may become full of fears before we make an important decision. We may be nervous when we try something new. We may turn to heavy drinking when we have a relationship issue.

Whatever the problem, we often return to these familiar behaviours, but is it really our true self?

Is it any good or beneficial? Clearly, it is not! Afterall, who wants to sit at home with depression or full of fears? We are tempted to think that it is our real self, because these behaviours seem to be a very comfortable solution when we try to escape from a situation we don’t like.

As a kid, you don’t realise that fears are often not real, but as adults, we should be able to realise that fear means only a lack of love and trust that Life is supposed to be good for you.

Life is supposed to be good, therefore there is no room for fears, worrying or self-destructive habits in it.

Don’t identify yourself with your familiar patterns. It is not the real You!

Remember the times when you felt successful, when you felt happy, when you were thriving! That’s the real You! If you don’t feel happy right now, try to change your situation and aim to achieve happiness again while being grateful for all that you already have!

 

 

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Simplicity in life

 

There comes a time in life when it is time to unlearn what we have learnt. Well, not everything, but at least certain things. You need to be wise enough to know what you need to unlearn… Or maybe, it is just enough to keep it simple!

We tend to overcomplicate things in life, especially in our busy, over-stressed westernly culture. We have to think about so many things: work, studies, finances, bills, shopping, family, children, etc. It is easy to get troubled in thoughts. But is it really what Life is about?

We need to stop sometimes and think about what is really important. And what we, as individual, unique personalities can give and enjoy in this life? We have been taught to certain things from early childhood, we have heard our parents and teachers say things to us that were either true or not. Whatever it was, it only represented their perspective or what they have been taught by others. Not to speak about the media, especially television that is manipulating our world-view so much. I often wonder whether people still have their own thoughts and common sense, or they are completely brainwashed by what the media and their  “culture” teaches them.

 

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One of my favourite quotes from Buddha says it all, this is what we should always remember:

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

Sometimes we need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. We have to spend time in nature, admire the beauty of flowers and animals, go somewhere else to breathe different air, visit another country to see things from a different perspective. We have to appreciate the beauty of life and also our own special talents. Why do we need to choose a career in order to make a living? Why don’t we just do things we enjoy and have the talents for? I know it is not always very easy to do, but in the end, we should aim to follow our passions, otherwise we are destined to a bitter life that was lived through with hard work and no fun.

So I ask you all to believe in what you like, use your common sense, don’t overcomplicate things, follow your passions, do what you like, even if you are not paid for it, because it will make someone else’s life better and one day it will all be appreciated!

I thank this post to a special somebody who I met in a special place who reminded me of the simplicity of life! Even if we don’t meet again in this life, I thank you for the encouragement!