Not Knowing, Always Growing

Continue to build trust in your intuition, but let your life unfold from truth, not from fear. By Madeline Johnson

I’m letting go of my tendency to make assumptions about my life because they lead to nightmares, fairytales and made up scenarios that form my future. I don’t have a crystal ball and I am not psychic.  I continue to build trust in my intuition, but I want my life to unfold from truth, not from fear.

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I believe the practice of remaining curious and open minded will serve me well.

Learn, grow, evolve.

It’s okay not to know.

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Today is the first day of a deep dive into knowing myself better.

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What am I so-so at?
  3. What am I bad at?
  4. What makes me tired?
  5. What is the most important thing in my life?
  6. Who are the most important people in my life?
  7. How much sleep do I need?
  8. What stresses me out?
  9. What relaxes me?
  10. What’s my definition of success?
  11. What type of worker am I?
  12. How do I want others to see me?
  13. What makes me sad?
  14. What makes me happy?
  15. What makes me angry?
  16. What type of person do I want to be?
  17. What type of friend do I want to be?
  18. What do I think about myself?
  19. What things do I value in life?
  20. What makes me afraid?

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What am I happy about in my life now? …

What am I excited about in my life now? …

What am I proud about in my life now? …

What am I grateful about in my life now? …

What am I enjoying in my life right now?

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Darius Foroux process for self awareness

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Mariano Peccinetti

Creating Something Out of Nothing

Redirecting your energy is not easy, but it’s not impossible. You are responsible for breathing new spirit into your life. By Madeline Johnson

This is a moment to reflect on what it means to reinvent yourself. Taking time to breathe new life into your life.  Sometimes recharging our lives feels like we are creating something new out of nothing left.

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Isn’t it painful to see how nervousness and stress can suppress your ability to express yourself, take risks and do the things you really want to do? Stress zaps the success right out of your nervous system.

It exhausts you completely and flattens you out. Stress can suck the spirit out of your day without you even knowing it.

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Or worse yet – stress can show up and weight you down so that it’s difficult to get moving- to the point that you’re not growing anywhere.  You can feel it manifest when you are stagnant and stuck in a rut.

As you get older you tend to lose more of that inspiration, spirit, energy and enthusiasm you had in your youth because the so-called demands of living get in the way of letting you design the life of your dreams.

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Redirecting your energy is not easy, but it’s not impossible. It begins the moment you realize that you need to do something more, something different, something that feels more ignited. You are responsible for flicking that switch, for breathing new spirit into your life. When you do, you will realize that – fresh, new spirit turns into inspiration and energy that will take you to new places.

All of a sudden you are creating something out of what was once nothing.

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That “something” starts with an idea. The ideas that have yet to be born in your mind. The ideas that you need to give birth to, those ideas. You see, the most unique thing you have is the ability to think your own authentic thoughts.

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Revel in the vastness of new ideas and creative inspiration.

 

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Bruno Pontiroli

From the artist. . .

Imagine a world based on a different logic; a universe composed of the absurd and paradoxes. 
A dream in which plane crashing into clouds and snowmen model with a human body using flakes of skin. 
My love is turning to the narrow view of the world while we are in the world. 
Distorting a symbol or mixing opposing universes allows me to question the identity of things so that I can reinvent them. 

 

 

Stop Judging Start Growing

Our lives can really develop when we look at everything that happens to us with a fresh new pair of eyes. By Madeline Johnson

So, it started with a thought about how grateful I am feeling this morning and how I should never be more grateful for one day over another because every moment is a miracle.  Then I hit on idea that really resonates for me and I believe it might for you.

Our lives can really develop when we look at everything that happens to us with a fresh new pair of eyes. When we look at all difficulties as an opportunity to learn. I really believe that everything that happens to us is an opportunity to grow, especially situations that we avoid, people that rub us the wrong way and behavior that drives us crazy.

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What Stops Us From Growing

The problem is, the act of judging everything is our default. When something happens, anything really – the first thing we do is make a judgement. We decide what that incident means to us and how we should think or feel about it. It could be good, bad or we might feel indifferent to it, but it either delights us, offends us or we pass it by.

The very act of judging keeps us small-minded, tight, closed up and living in our own tiny little worlds where we get to rule what is right and wrong and there we stay, governing over our tiny little villages, never to truly rub up against the magnificence of this mysterious and magical universe.

But I argue for the opposite. What if we were to burn down our small-minded worlds and take down the walls we have constructed to protect our hearts and minds? What if we were to take a leap of faith and choose to live a life that is more open to limitless possibilities?

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What if we decided to stop walking around trying to protect and guard our minds, opinions and false beliefs and we decided to remain in a constant flow of curiosity about the world.

When we keep our minds and hearts wide open, we take a continuous leap of faith into the unknown. We don’t walk around thinking we know everything. Thinking we know everything is exactly how we don’t grow.  So I challenge you instead to stop judging everything so you might expand your world.  It starts by exposing ourselves to our judgmental minds.

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The struggle is to remove all of our harmful judgements. Our personal growth expands when we strive to see through our preconceived notions. We become stronger every time we beg for the lesson, instead of bow our heads in disbelief.

When you approach every person, problem and situation in life with this curiosity, your world will expand and your mind and heart will grow.

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A Simple Method to Avoid Being Judgmental

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Justin Main