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The Control Factor

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We all want the best for ourselves and as a result we work hard to make things happen. With determination we can achieve anything.

There is however a difference between the virtue of determination and that of needing to have control over things in order to achieve success.

We often face challenges in achieving our goals. The power of determination will allow us to adjust and adapt to challenges whilst keeping the goal in mind.

Control on the other hand will not allow flexibility and thus will breed fear of not achieving. As a result it will give rise to stress, tension and anger. We will try and control things and make things happen in the way they ‘should be’ and thus try and force things in an ‘un-natural’ way.

No matter how much force we use to control people and circumstances, there is never a guarantee of results. And a forced victory, received at the cost of much hurt and stress, is a bitter fruit.

Learn to hold determination and let go of the need to control.

 

Om Shanti

September 25, 2014 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Embrace Change

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When things around us remain the same then we adapt to them and become comfortable in that physical or even mental and emotional space. We begin to feel ‘safe’ and ‘secure’ in that which we know. Why disrupt the status quo?

However life is a journey and we are in fact moving all the time. Even on a physical level, the cells in our bodies are regenerating themselves constantly. Change is a fact of life.

When we try and resist change then it becomes a challenge and thus the enemy. If we understand change and try and embrace it then we will realise that change is actually beneficial. Change enables us to increase our potential, allowing us to learn and grow. It brings newness and allows transformation to take place.

Stand up and embrace change don’t resist it.

 

Om Shanti

August 21, 2014 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

The Power of Attraction

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When we are happy, content and in a good space within ourselves, we are able to deal with challenges more easily. The moment we lose that balance the underlying feeling of contentment also disappears and we begin to feel threatened by the challenges that come.

In this state of being we subtly look for something to compensate for the loss in contentment, and we become attracted to ‘easy’ forms of comfort. We are drawn into taking support of negativity in the form of anger, falsehood, excuses, blame etc.
It no longer is a case of what is right and wrong. There is just a subtle but powerful need to be back in our comfort zone again and so we ‘fight’ for that.

Taking support of negativity in this way reinforces it in our lives and in our character. We then become trapped and dependent on negativity as a ‘quick fix’.

We may realise that this behaviour is not the solution and that it will only resolve the issue temporarily, but like a drug, we become attracted and even dependent on it..

Take care not to be attracted and trapped by negative behaviour habits.

 

Om Shanti

July 24, 2014 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Instrument for Change

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I am constantly making a choice of what to do and how to do it. In every scene, whether it is happening in my outer world or my inner world, I make choices.

If I consciously chose a new way to do things, a new way to respond to challenges, then that will bring about change in my life. I will become instrumental for that change.

At every moment, let me not just do as I always have, let me not work in an auto pilot mode. Instead let me become an instrument for change in my own life.

Let me change what I have the ability to change – the things that happen in my inner world. This will then automatically bring the reward of changes in my outer world.

Can I be an instrument for change?

 

Om Shanti

June 19, 2014 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Perspectives

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In every scene we face in life, we take a standpoint, a perspective. We may not always be aware of it but what and how we see things will be coloured by that perspective. It may be the influence of the role I am playing, my relationships, or my desire for a particular outcome.

When we stop challenging our perception it stops us from being able to offer something new to a situation.

We forget our own impact on a situation.

We need to examine the basis of our perspective so that we can be objective, and offer a detached insight or a solution to a situation. The moment I change – my perception, my attitude – that is the most powerful shifts in a situation.

Sit in a space of peace allowing the mind and body to relax and allow the peace inside to quietly emerge and offer a new perspective .

 

Om Shanti

March 20, 2014 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Downsize Life’s Challenges

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Life is a journey and we may come across many challenges along the way.

If I am able to make whatever comes in front of me into a small matter, then it becomes easy.
By default we give life and energy to challenges by thinking about them again and again. Don’t keep repeating it to yourself or to others as that is the method to make it bigger and more challenging than it really is! It will also subtly create confusion and fear inside.

Whatever may come, it is my own perception of it that will give it importance or not. See it for what it is – something that will pass – and make sure you don’t postpone its departure by feeding it.

Can you downsize life’s challenges?

 

Om Shanti

September 19, 2013 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

Relationships

Relationships are such a central part of our lives. The happiness they give is reflected in the quality of the lives we live.
They can also be a very clear mirror for us in seeing what is lacking within the self.

When we interact with others we often focus on and magnify the things that are wrong with them. Seeing just one defect in another often causes us to change our manner of interacting within a second; with our speech, attitude and actions. We immediately stand up and challenge their defect with our own weakness. What we do is to allow the defects of another to make us forget our own virtues.

People have many virtues but often we focus on their one defect. It takes time and practice to change this. But the key is, even on seeing their weaknesses, to hold on to your own virtues and use them. The nature to ‘challenge’ within relationships has been the cause of much sorrow and it inspires the vices to take control.

There is no need to challenge the weaknesses in others. Recognise your virtues and use them.

Om Shanti

December 13, 2011 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

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