Mind and Body

Ponder This

 What story have you have been living that no longer serves you?

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Break free from the stories of your past. Live in the present and notice what is alive now! Acknowledge the stories from your past that no longer serve you in a way that will propel you forward. Let these stories go. They can strip you of your power, and keep you in a place of regret and suffering. Take only the lessons and memories that will shape you into the best version of yourself today. When we accept and acknowledge the stories that no longer serve us, we reclaim our power and evolve as individuals that are fully present. Our past is just a story that had a beginning middle and end. Start writing some new stories. There is so much yet for you to experience.

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Japanese Bowl: Reflections of A Poem by Peter Mayer

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
That were made long ago
I have some cracks in me
They have been filled with gold

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When they had a bowl to mend
It did not hide the cracks
It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows
from every time I broke
And anyone’s eyes can see
I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind
All of these jagged lines
Make me more beautiful
And worth a higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
I was made long ago
I have some cracks you can see
See how they shine of gold.
-Peter Mayer

I had the pleasure of hearing these  beautiful words over this past weekend. The words of this poem resonated with me so deeply that I wanted to share them with you all. Within these words one is given the gift of self-reflection and acceptance. When we can appreciate and accept the experiences and challenges we have faced in life with an open heart and open mind, it is then that we can look upon ourselves and the world around us as beautiful works of art.

Each obstacle that we have overcome has left a unique mark upon us. We can grow and learned from every moment that challenges us. Where we may have once felt a piece of us was broken or damaged, this poem offers readers an opportunity to look at oneself  through a different lens. You are still whole. You are more beautiful and more unique than when you were first created. Each crack, each broken fiber of your being has the potential to be mended. When you love yourself you will painstakingly, and artfully take the time to put yourself back together. Mend these areas of yourself with your brilliance, acceptance, and inner power, and watch as your strength, wisdom, and beauty emerges for all to see.

When we love ourselves for all that we are, our beauty and strength shines through. No matter the amount of cracks we have amassed in our lifetime we are as beautiful as those Japanese bowls lined with gold. The gold that makes us whole again are the experiences we choose to grow and learn from. We all have the ability to mend those parts of ourselves that we feel are broken. Love yourself enough to make the repairs you thought weren’t possible. Your body, mind and spirit will shine all the more because of it. Embrace choice and keep moving forward.

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I Am Willing to Change

I am willing to release old, negative beliefs.

They are only thoughts that stand in my way.

My new thoughts are positive and fulfilling. 

Take a few seconds each morning to recite this mantra to yourself. Whether you find yourself reciting these words silently in bed, in front of the mirror as you look upon your own reflection, or during your long commute to work, let these words emerge, and allow them settle into your heart and mind.  Help to set the tone for each new day by embracing these words and truly living the meaning behind them. Settle into the present and notice what’s alive inside you. Let these feelings guide you on your path to purpose and fulfillment. These new thoughts will help to shift the way you engage with and see the world. When we learn to make these subtle shifts within our minds we are given the amazing gift of possibility.  Change your mind and you can change the world.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

imagesThank you Naresh @ Reflections: Ankit Chhibber’s Blog for this award. I really appreciate this lovely compliment.

The award rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

And, I nominate these 15 bloggers……

1. Dyan Diamond @ dyandiamond

2. Kikibee @ Thegirlwiththescorpiontattoo

3. Keladelaide @ FreeLittleWords

4. imhotbutimhuman 

5. Dudzi @ Scribbles and Thoughts 

6. Summer @ GrowYourInnerSelf

7. Kerri @ KerriChronicles 

8. Jonae @ VictoriousExhortations

9. Uwana @ Uwana

10. Sashakiana @ Unlockyourself

11.  whocouldknowthen

12. Mary @ lifeisfullofsweetspots

13. Janice @ JANICE

14. Watchfulsavvy

15. Ubiquity 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of my lovely readers. Thank you for all your support and feedback.  Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Ponder This

What small steps can you take today to move closer to what you want?

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On Vacation

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Hi Everyone,

I will be out of the country on vacation starting May 6th to the 16th. I will be offline while i am away so this means no email, no phone, no wordpress.

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While away i plan on catching up on some reading, relaxing, and enjoying time alone with my boyfriend on the Amalfi Coast. My goal is to “recharge my batteries,” so to speak, so I can continue to share what I am learning from my life experiences with all my readers on Ambition In The City.

I never thought this day would come. I have been dreaming of this vacation for years and now it’s finally here! I’ll take lots of pictures and share my experience as soon as I get settled back in the states.

Love,

Cristina

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Live Beautifully And Dream Passionately

“Life is about the decisions we make to live passionately or passively.” Laura Castoro

There is no better feeling then the one you get from a long day filled with meaningful work. We all have heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius How many of us can actually say we really live by these words? No matter the reasoning, there are a great many of us who have had, or currently have a job we can’t say that we particularly love? If life is about the decisions we make then why aren’t we deciding to go after what we love? Honoring those skills and natural talents we have is vital to leading a happy and fulfilling life. If we don’t love what we do day in and day out then how can we really honor our skills and talents? Strive to share your unique gifts with the world every single day. If it is true that we each have a purpose in life then we should be dedicating as much time as we can to uncover what that purpose is.  If we aren’t finding joy in the things we do most often then we are not only hindering ourselves, but also the world from experiencing our purpose. “The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” Johann Wolfgang von Gorthe 

Break Away From the Mundane and Let Your Passions Guide You 

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Ever come home wondering where the day just went? Ever feel exhausted from a long day and ask yourself “What did I really do that brought my joy today?” For so many of us our days are inundated with the same routine day in and day out. We feel bored, unhappy, and unfulfilled. When do we say enough is enough? How can we reconnect with that part of ourselves that’s just begging to be let free? Awaken your inner artist, writer, singer, or entrepreneur.  Allow that part of yourself to step out and explore the endless opportunities that exist. When we permit creativity to flow without fear or doubt we open a door for possibility to shine upon us. If you find that your days are filled with the same tired routine ask yourself “What are my days missing?”  Devote some time to those things that matter most to you. Reconnect with those inner passions that have been collecting dust in your mind for all this time. While we all have responsibilities that we must attend to, it doesn’t hurt to carve out some time in your day to do something that brings you alive. “Find your voice and let it sing your heart’s song” You never know, what you once thought was just a silly dream may evolve to become something bigger then you could have ever imagined. Honor yourself by being curious. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Uncover What Brings you Joy by Being Curious 

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I never feel freer than when I’m writing. The time that I devote to this passion is sacred and invaluable. Each time I sit at my computer to write I am filled with feelings of joy, curiosity, and peace. I give myself time each week to explore and play with those aspects of my life that inspire my writing. I look to my life experiences and allow for my curiosity and creativity to flow freely and without judgment. Reconnecting with this passion took a great deal of mental power. I was wondering through life with a yearning to interact with the world on a deeper level. When I reflected on my present reality I realized that my life was lacking that connection I so desired to make with people. I yearned to have a positive impact on others and to contribute to the world in a significant way. While I was content with where my life had taken me thus far, I constantly found myself feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. I needed more out of my life. I realized that I had grown accustomed to what was my present reality and had stopped challenging myself to do and be better. It was time to be curious. It took several weeks of searching deep within my mind to uncover a passion I had long been ignoring. I realized I wanted to reconnect with people through writing and public speaking. I questioned my interests and passions and I finally acknowledged that what I wanted was to become a coach and a writer. I realized that I had already been doing these things in small subtle ways for the past few years, but I wasn’t doing it in a way that brought me joy and a sense of purpose. I allowed for my curiosity to emerge and stumbled upon my long ignored passion for writing and public speaking. I know feel as though my life is finally headed in the right direction. I dedicate a few hours each day to cultivating this passion.

When you feel as though you have hit a wall in life the universe provides you with an opportunity to make a change. If ignored these feelings of dissatisfaction and longing will start to eat away at you. Pay attention to those requests your body, mind and perhaps even your spirit are sending your way. There is a reason you are feeling this way.  Make it a point to start chipping away at the wall that is blocking you from your authenticity. Ask yourself what you need and really take time to listen to those inner voices that are just waiting to be heard. When you permit yourself to be curious the wall will start to come down and an opening will emerge.  Through this opening you will begin to see potential and possibility. Your interests, hidden talents, and desires will start to become visible to you. What you do with this information is up to you. Will you chose you let your creativity guide you to towards the unknown? How will your honor what you have uncovered about your authentic self? “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”  Albert Einstein

Make Time to Follow Your Bliss

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Carving out time to follow your passions can sometimes be challenging. When your life is filled with responsibilities and various tasks that need completing it can prove quite difficult to devote time to your inner passions. Often time we become so consumed by our daily routine that we forget what our passions are. I once sat with a woman who was getting closer and closer to her retirement, and was worried that she wouldn’t have anything to do when she was no longer working. When I told her she could do anything her heart desired she looked at me with a blank stare and said, “I don’t even know what my heart desires anymore.” She continued to say that she had focused so much of her life on work and her family responsibilities that she had lost touch with herself. She couldn’t identify a single hidden passion or dream she once had an interest in. As I continued to probe the issue with question after question around her inner yearning, she finally expressed that all she ever wanted to do was to retire so that she could finally “sit and watch the grass grow.” As we dove into this concept of “watching the grass grow” she was eventually able to identify an interest in flowers and how she loved to care for them. From this she discovered she enjoyed gardening and displaying flowers around her home. Ultimately this interest grew into something even bigger then she could have imagined. She desired to open up her own flower shop and share the beauty of flowers with the world. What a magical moment to behold. She had reconnected with a passion that was always there but had been hidden way down deep under years of routine and responsibility. Flowers had always served as a way to make her happy. She would occasionally purchase flowers to display in her home to bring about feelings of joy within herself. When she finally made the connection that she wanted to bring about this feeling to others she was amazed by her reaction. She had a passion and had finally reconnected with her authenticity. Once she was able to replace her feelings of fear of the unknown she allowed for her curiosity and creativity to emerge. She no longer feared the idea of retiring but looked forward to the freedom retirement represented for her. The wheels were turning in her mind and she looked to the future with enthusiasm. She enrolled in a flower arrangement design course and took the first step towards following her bliss. Where there was once a wall in front of her there was now doors she could pass through. These doors now lead to new adventures and new opportunities. As you can see from this example, our passions have no expiration date. It’s never too late to follow your bliss. Rediscover your passions by being curious, creative, and open. Honor your desires and hidden passions by giving them a chance to grow. Carve out some time to explore where your passions can take you. Give yourself this gift and watch as the universe begins to replace those walls with the doors to happiness, opportunity, and personal growth.

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