20 Powerful Quotes to Live By

 

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1. “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee

 

2. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

 

3. “Infinite Love is the only truth – Everything else is illusion.” – David Icke

And him expanding on it… “I have been saying and writing for so many years that one sentence can encapsulate the totality of life, of existence, of being: Infinite Love is the Only Truth – Everything Else is Illusion.”

 

4. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

It’s all a self-fulfilling prophecy. We create our own “reality.”

 

5. “Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” – Osho

PS – At the end of your life you will regret more things that you don’t do, as opposed to things you do.

 

6. “Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you. When anything happens to you, take the experience inward. Creation is set up to bring you constant hints and clues about your role as co-creator. Your soul is metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing food.” – Deepak Chopra

 

7. “Let go or be dragged.” – Zen proverb

Holding onto things creates so much unnecessary pain.

 

8. “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ― Eckhart Tolle

Whatever you focus on, you hold into form.

 

9. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

 

10. “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering – and free of the egoic mind. Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

11. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman

 

12. “If man made it, don’t eat it.” – Jack Lalanne

Best dietary advice ever. Just eat real food, not processed, factory “food.” Don’t be neurotic though, apply this at least 80% of the time and you’ll be alright.

 

13. “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Connect the dots and see the bigger picture.

 

14. “Follow your bliss… And the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls before.” – Joseph Campbell

Everything just falls into place when you let your heart/intuition guide you.

 

15. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

16. “I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” – Albert Einstein

 

17. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

 

18. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

“Reality” is a mirror. Change yourself, and the reflection in the mirror has no choice but to change.

 

19. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Be open-minded, without being naive. Trust your own intuition. (There are rumors that Buddha never actually said this, but it’s a great quote either way.)

 

20. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

 

Any comments or other quotes that you live by? Leave ’em in the comments section below. Thank you.

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Fuck Your Victim Mentality

(Pardon the rather blunt title, but this article is the proverbial cold shower. It’s time to wake up and feel alive.)

Why do you constantly need to be a victim?

Why are you arguing for limitation? Don’t you want to be empowered?

Are you addicted to the victim mentality?

Have you attached your identity with being a victim?

So many people are addicted to being a victim. It’s a coping mechanism to the “obstacles” we face in life.

The victim mentality is a choice. You always have the choice, in every situation.

Seriously, why the fuck are you choosing victimhood over empowerment? Why?

As Darth Vader put it, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

You are the master of the internal, and the external is merely a manifestation of the internal. You don’t see the world as it is, you see the world as YOU ARE.

Being a victim is depriving yourself of your own immense strength. Saying “I can’t” is an act of suicide on your potential self. Complaining is resistance to the present moment, resistance to all that is.

“When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” -Eckhart Tolle

Yes, life is difficult for everyone (some more than others), but you have the choice of whether to view difficulties as challenges to overcome, or as an excuse to say “poor me.”

Think about life as like a video game. Would playing Super Mario be fun if you just walked to the right the whole time, with no obstacles? Hell no. The experience is defined by overcoming challenges!

“What you call a setback, I call a challenge,
If I fall I know I’ll get back, it’s all a balance.” -Crooked I

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

Do you really want to be happy? Then choose to be happy! Happiness is not some magical scenario at the end of the rainbow. Happiness is your choice, right now.

Unleash your inner lion; live your strength.

Unleash your inner lion; live your strength.

10 Reasons Why Having a Victim Mentality is Completely Useless:

1. You have the choice!

You have the choice to choose happiness or sadness. You have the choice to choose love or fear. You have the choice to be offended or not. You have the choice of being a victim or being empowered. You have the choice in every moment. So why would you choose to be a victim!? That’s insanity. Empower, overcome and have fun.

“The choice is yours in every moment to create beauty or misery, happiness or pain.” –Ralph Smart

2. You influence your reality.

You create your own reality. The effect of consciousness on reality is being proven on so many levels…

Look into:  the double-slit experiment, the placebo effect, the law of attraction…etc. Also, check out this article, 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World.

Entertain this possibility, and you develop your inherent power.

Even if you have a hard to entertaining these things, think about it this way… Your thoughts dictate your beliefs, your beliefs dictate your actions, and your actions dictate your situation. Change your thoughts, change your beliefs, change your actions, change your situation. It’s as simple as that.

Take responsibility back. Response-ability is literally the ability to respond. Embrace it.

“We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense this is a participatory universe.” -John Wheeler (pioneering physicist who coined the terms “black hole” and “wormhole”)

So why are you choosing to be a victim? It’s ludicrous. It’s like being given a hammer, and instead of building a house, you just continuously hit yourself on the foot with it. And that’s what so many people are doing with their lives.

Use the power of your consciousness to achieve your dreams, instead of sabotaging them.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” -Henry Ford

3. You attract what you are.

If you hold onto a victim mentality, guess what you’ll get?

“A victim mentality creates a victim reality.” -David Icke

If you’re a victim, you’ll attract people and situations that will further victimize you. If you’re empowered, you’ll attract people and situation that will further empower you.

Like attracts like. You reap what you sow. The law of attraction.

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein

4. It’s so limiting.

Anyone who has achieved anything great was the antithesis of a victim. Would you break any record as a victim? Or accomplish anything noteworthy? Nope!

A victim mentality is self-created, false limitation.

Why would you ever argue for your own limitation? Stop it. Break free.

“Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.” -Richard Bach

5. Do you want to be the driver, or a passenger?

Do you want to control your own destiny? Or be a victim, at the mercy of external forces? Ask yourself that every time you find yourself complaining or acting like a whiny little victim. Take the wheel back, and drive your car to your rightful destiny.

6. Empowerment is awesome.

Make the conscious decision to be empowered and you feel strong, physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s literally just the flip of a switch; a simple choice. The beautiful thing is that a positive, empowered mentality permeates every level of existence and allows everything to fall into place. You embrace life, instead of resisting life, making it infinitely more fun, interesting and enjoyable.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather operate in the paradigm of empowerment instead of perpetual victimhood. But that’s just me.

7. Less pain, more fun. (The power of positivity)

Because really, it’s no fun being a victim. People just cling to it because it becomes familiar, it’s a part of their identity and they’re addicted to it.  Drop the victim mentality and enjoy life. Experience life without constantly being in fear.

“Life begins where fear ends.” -Osho

Positivity is a force to be reckoned with, and a superpower we can all harness. A positive attitude strengthens the mind, body and spirit, and makes life quite delightful.

People with positive attitudes live longer, and have more fun doing so…
(Check out these articles)
Centenarians’ Positive Attitude Linked to Long Life
Positive Thinking On Aging Helps Seniors Heal: Study
Do Positive People Live Longer?

“I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” -Albert Einstein

8. Victim mentality = covering your awesomeness

With a victim mentality, you’re robbing yourself of your true essence. You’re denying yourself of your true potential.

It’s a disservice to both yourself and to those around you. When you become a stronger version of yourself, you not only help yourself, but inspire those around you as well.

9. As a “victim” you make life more difficult for those around you.

As a victim, you become a burden (a burden to both yourself and others). You impose your limitations on others as well. When you hold a victim mentality, others have to pick up your slack. Instead of acting as wings, you become a dead weight to both yourself and those around you.

A victim mentality makes you a complete buzz kill too. And people don’t like being around negative, disempowered people. Life is to be enjoyed.

“The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival… Because when you are unhappy, you also throw unhappiness all around. ” -Osho

10. You welcome dis-harmony and dis-ease.

Your mind state effects your body (see point #2). Positive people are less likely to get sick (see articles in point #7). If you marinate in negative thoughts, they will manifest physically (think about the power of the placebo effect). An example we’re all familiar with is stress. Victims always find something to stress about. Stress causes tension in both the mind and body. Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which if chronically elevated, leads to a whole host of problems. Continuous stress also produces inflammatory responses in the body, which leads to dysfunction and dis-ease.

How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit
8 Stress-Busting Tips from Experts

11. A victim mentality is complete dependence.

If you’re a victim, you become dependent on everything other than yourself. Dependent on other people. Dependent on external things for your happiness. Dependent on government. Dependent on material goods. Dependent on foods. Dependent on substances. Addiction in all of its forms thrives off of the victim mentality. A victim mentality perpetuates all kinds of fear-based, limiting beliefs and dependency.

Empowerment liberates you from all of this. It’s a simple choice, in every moment.

12. You feed the parasite.

Most would agree that the situation on planet Earth right now is far from the peaceful utopia it could be. Think about the collective fuckedupness that exists…

This idea of an intangible force that we all feed is everywhere. Eckhart Tolle calls it the “collective pain-body” in A New Earth, Don Miguel Ruiz calls it “the parasite” in The Four Agreements, Carlos Castaneda refers to psychic parasites in his books, The Gnostics called them archons, David Icke refers to them as reptilians, in Christianity you have demons, in Islam you have djinn…etc.

If you’re a victim, you’re feeding this parasite. Don’t contribute to the woes of the world. Stop feeding the parasite and cultivate something positive instead.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

13. You miss out on the magic of being a dreamer.

There’s a certain magic to life when you become a dreamer. It’s like going from black and white to high definition. Everything becomes wondrous. It’s that blissful world of imagination that you immersed yourself in as a child.

Get out of the doldrums and step into the field of dreams.

Be a dreamer. No one who has ever made a great impact on the world has been a realist.

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.”
-John Lennon

Don’t succumb to the illusion of victimhood (I say illusion because it’s merely a crafty trick of the mind/ego).  Let go of the bullshit victim mentality, uncover your true self and step into your infinite potential. You deserve it.

Much love,

-Stevie P!

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Why You Shouldn’t Attach Your Identity to Groups

Well… really the title should be more like “Why You Shouldn’t Attach Your Identity to Groups… If You Want to Be Extraordinary in Any Sense.”

Don’t get me wrong, groups can be awesome and tremendously helpful. But the problem comes when you attach your whole identity to a group. In that case, you concede your brilliant uniqueness and take on unnecessary limitation. And ain’t nobody got time for that.

Not identifying with a group doesn’t mean never stepping foot any place of worship, or never playing for a team again. It means not attaching your identity, your sense of self, to it. You can participate in anything and everything, without being bound to the limitations of one group. You can get useful insights, experiences and wisdom from literally everywhere. You’re free to be your own master, create your own destiny and journey wherever you please.

“Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available.” -Osho

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Fly free, my friend

Why You Shouldn’t Attach Your Identity to  Groups (10 Reasons):

1. Not labeling yourself is pure freedom.

Being relentlessly yourself is the ultimate freedom. You’re free to entertain any idea. Free to travel wherever life takes you. Free to experience everything life has to offer. Don’t be your own jail-keeper. Step outside of the prison cell.

There’s no need to slap a label on yourself and attach your identity with being a Christian, or Jewish, or a republican, or a democrat, or a janitor, or a lawyer, or American, or Italian, or a Pokemon Master (that might be an exception though 😉 ). Just be you! Just BE. Allow yourself to live with the joyous delight of flexibility. Embrace the enlightening capacity of entertaining any idea or immersing yourself in any situation.

“It’s what you can let go of that determines how high you fly.” -Ralph Smart

Let go of the weight of all the labels you’re carrying, and soar to new heights.

2. Your life becomes the Bruce Lee quote “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”

You gain the ability to draw useful information, experience and wisdom from anywhere. You also gain the flexibility to let go of anything that doesn’t serve your best interests. And you put you own unique spin on everything. This allows your life to be a dynamic, flexible and blissfully free dance with “reality.”

“Think about the power you have when you can readily entertain and deviate from ideas.” -Elliott Hulse

3. The ability to evolve more quickly.

As an individual, you can be far more dynamic in your evolution than if you’re attached to a group. Groups have a hard time adjusting to new environments and accepting change, while individuals ride (more like joyride) the winds of change.

Think about decisions. When you have a big group of people, it takes forever to decide where to even eat dinner. But as an individual, you just spontaneously do things. Spontaneity is the playfulness of the spirit emerging through you.

Being an individual allows you to follow your intuition; to take heed to the signs and move wherever life takes you.

Because an individual is far more dynamic and adaptable than a group, individuals are able to more easily transcend cognitive dissonance. (“In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time.” –Wikipedia) Groups tend to be paralyzed by cognitive dissonance when they encounter accurate or truthful information which contrasts their inherent beliefs.

Individuals can readily entertain and let go of ideas, while groups cling to ideas. Groups only exist because they’re based around a certain idea or collection of ideas. And if there is information contrary to these ideas, it causes cognitive dissonance and irrational thinking for those who attach their identity to the group. This is why many rigid groups simply ignore factual or new information, even information that can be massively beneficial. Why? Because it contradicts the ideas that the group is based upon, and they don’t no how to deal with it.

Be an individual, adapt, evolve and keep becoming the greatest version of yourself.

4. Existing in Love (as opposed to fear).

Many people cling to groups out of fear. Many label themselves as Christians, not because they strive to be Christ-like, but merely to avoid going to hell (or they’re too afraid to do something other than what they were born into, or they’re afraid of what their family would say…etc). People contemptuously cling to nationalities, because they’re afraid and ignorant of people who are different from them. This type of misled pride is often driven by the ego’s need for a convenient, classifiable identity. Ultimately, the ego fears for it’s own survival if not firmly attached to a label. Because when you just BE, you’re able transcend the limitations of fear and ego.

Letting go of labels allows you to let go of fear, and live in love. The more you operate in love, the more you will naturally let go of destructive behaviors, people, and situations. You will follow your bliss, existing in a state of pure love (well, most of the time, because nobody’s perfect, right?).

Love is our essence, re-familiarize with it and experience the life you were meant to live.

5. Objectivity.

If you identify strongly with a group, you’re inheriting the biases of that group. And on top of this, you’re constantly going to be around people with the same biases as yourself, which will further solidify any biases you already have. If you draw information from everywhere and engage with a variety of different people, you’re going to have far less biases, and a clearer picture of “reality.”

You’ll never be completely unbiased, but as an individual you can avoid the severely limiting biases that a lot of groups have.

6. Not succumbing to groupthink.

“Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.” (Wikipedia)

It’s groupthink that has driven the large-scale tragedies we’ve seen in the world. The phenomenon of groupthink allowed the likes of Hitler and Stalin to perpetuate immense atrocities on humankind. These things would not occur if people weren’t so quick to conform (out of fear). These things will not occur when we all embrace our uniqueness, think for ourselves and live based in Love (not fear).

“The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.” – Albert Einstein

We’re social creatures, needing interactions with others. But with this comes conformity. People tend to conform to ideas and standards in groups, even if they wouldn’t when alone. A great benefit of not rigidly identifying with groups is that you develop the awareness to choose your own actions, in every situation. Individuals recognize that they don’t have to conform to detrimental ideas or standards that many groups propagate.

“The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.” -Deepak Chopra

7. You will experience more.

People who are individuals will develop relationships with a variety of different people, come across a myriad of diverse information, and expose themselves to a vast variety of life experiences. And that’s what life is all about, the experiences.

“Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you. When anything happens to you, take the experience inward. Creation is set up to bring you constant hints and clues about your role as co-creator. Your soul is metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing food.” -Deepak Chopra

“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” -Osho

8. Harness the power of solitude.

If you don’t rigidly identify with groups, that means you’ll get more quality alone time (or at least the freedom to come up with your own thoughts and ideas). It’s during these moments of solitude that you get to know yourself, and allow for creative inspiration to come through.

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” -Aldous Huxley

Solitude allows you to take a break from the incessant external noise, and tap into your inner awareness.

9. Just being you allows your true self to shine through.

As an individual, you have the flexibility to express your own brilliant uniqueness. You have absolute freedom to express your innate, one-of-a-kind creativity; something that is virtually impossible when you completely identify with a group. Attaching your identity to a group is like making a pact to suppress your intrinsic uniqueness; to be more like other people and less like your true self.

Not expressing your individuality is a complete disservice to your unique existence.

Why fit in, when we were meant to stand out?

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” -Victoria Moran

10. The people who have made the biggest impact on the world have been distinct individuals.

Think about the “great” people we’re all familiar with… Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Leonardo Da Vinci…etc. Sure, some of them may have associated with groups, but they’re remembered for their brilliant individuality. They truly did their own thing, living their essence, and that’s what makes them so memorable. No one achieves any greatness by merely maintaining the status quo.

Think about all  successful people, or people you admire as well. They’re all unmistakably themselves. If they merely blended in with the herd, they wouldn’t be who they are.

“What attracts people to me is that I’m relentlessly me, to the point that it’s fucking weird.” -Elliott Hulse

Groups aren’t inherently “bad.” Many groups can greatly contribute to one’s personal development and life experience. But rigidly attaching identity to groups is so limiting. 

You don’t have to abandon every group you belong to and live the life of a hermit. Quite the opposite, in fact. Experience everything life has to offer, and draw upon as many people as possible to create your own unique journey.

And remember… Just be you!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

Live It

 

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It’s all about experiences
The people
The places
The “good” times
And the “bad”

The human experience
Is to be wholeheartedly embraced
Thoroughly enjoyed

Be fully aware
Feel the wonder of existence
From traveling to new lands
To the simple pleasure of air entering your lungs
It’s all magical

We are the Universe
Experiencing itself
From a perfectly unique perspective
Treasure the vantage point
That blink in the eye of eternity

Cherish the moment

Life…

Live it

Your Everyday Life is Changing the World

(Warning: If you think you’re a powerless victim, you’re in for a rude awakening.)

You have to do extravagant things to make any impact on the world, right?

Like donate millions to charity, become an elected official or rescue an old lady from a burning building.

Well here’s a little secret of the universe…

Changing the world is simply a matter of changing yourself.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

There’s a reason why Gandhi said this, instead of saying “go change what you don’t like.” He knew the paradigm-shifting truth of the ages… We have a profound and powerful effect on our “reality”. The change must start from within, and the rest falls into place. We’ve come a long way from “poor little me.”

“We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense this is a participatory universe.” -John Wheeler (pioneering physicist who coined the terms “black hole” and “wormhole”)

With this comes a letting go of the illusion of separation. Everything is intimately interconnected…

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“As above, so below, as below, so above – The same pattern expresses on all planes of existence, from the smallest electron to the largest star, and vice versa. Change yourself – change the whole.” -Cary Ellis

 

“Quantum activism focuses both on individual and collective change. Today our activists perpetuate the separateness that creates the problems we want resolved. We ‘battle’ the perpetrators of the problems, negativity with negativity. Quantum activism will succeed where other activist movements failed because they are founded on separateness.” – Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Strengthen your character, pay it forward, change the world.

Don’t underestimate the compounding effect of small, good deeds performed consistently over time.

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Think about the possibilities if you compliment everyone you interact with. Even one small act of kindness could save someone from committing suicide.

You really never know how profoundly you may affect someone…

Maybe leaving a generous tip with a thank you letter at a restaurant could inspire the waitress to produce a brilliant painting. Maybe buying lunch for the person behind you inspires them to become pursue their dream of starting a charity.

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” -Tupac Shakur

I love that quote, because you really never know who you’re inspiring. (That’s why I’m doing this)

There are so many wildly successful people who mention single acts of kindness that acted as the catalyst in pursuing their dream. Someone sparked that inner flame, that inner flame which lies in all of us.

These acts can be as simple as saying thank you, holding the door for people, a passing smile, or a genuine compliment to a friend or family member. Even simply not getting angry can have far-reaching implications.

Treat everyone with kindness and respect, and the world will emanate that much more kindness and respect.

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein

“Paying it forward” creates a snowball effect. Think about how you feel when someone does something nice for you. The natural human reaction is to do something nice for someone else; to pay it forward. This results in a chain reaction of love, and that’s a beautiful thing.

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” -Voltaire

Now think about this avalanche of kindness. More and more people become participants and love is spread at an ever-increasing rate. This will change the world as we know it, from a fear-based paradigm to a love-based paradigm.

Imagine… Those who are submerging their self-confidence let it shine. Those who dismiss their brilliant creativity embrace it, bringing ingenious new ideas to the world. The fast food cashier leaves her job and earns a living sharing her gift of writing. The corporate executive realizes giving is better than taking and co-founds a non-profit organization. The slaughterhouse worker taps into his ingenuity and invents a new air conditioner that runs off of free energy. Imagine that.

Hello paradigm shift.

How your actions affect “reality”:

“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” -Frances Moore Lappe

Voting with your dollar. What are you spending money on every day? Every dollar you spend is a vote, an investment towards your support for something. We live in a consumerist society, so money we (as consumers) spend dictates what is supplied. The consumers hold the power, we just need to unite and focus that power.

Will health-destroying fast food exist if no one buys it?

Will clothing companies who use immoral labor practices exist if no one buys their clothing?

And on the flip side, the more people that buy something, the bigger that niche gets. Look at “positive” things like organic foods, yoga, and “buying local” catching on like wildfire in recent years. That kind of change is inevitable when people shift their preferences, and thus their spending habits.

Non-compliance. Non-compliance is as simple as choosing not to participate in destructive activities. Not polluting or littering. Not succumbing to peer pressure with destructive activities. Not treating other people badly. Any simple act of not participating in things that are not love-based.

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

One example is that, from the perspective of a young man, there’s a subtle pressure to be a player. Sleep with women, treat them like objects and then ignore them. You know what I’m talking about. I practice non-compliance with this. I’m not celibate (that’s no fun), but I don’t perpetuate that dysfunctional, ego-driven behavior in intimate relationships. I treat everyone I encounter with kindness and respect, and strive to inspire those I do come into contact with in some way, even if it’s short-lived.

And then there’s things like refusing military service.  Will wars happen if the youth refuse military service? (Ok, this isn’t really an “every day” thing. But it paints a picture of how effective non-compliance could be.)

“The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.” – Albert Einstein

How your state of being affects “reality”:

Yes, your state of being is affecting the world around you. We’re co-creators of reality and our attention holds situations in place.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

Abuse tolerance. In the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, he states that no one abuses you more than you abuse yourself. The level you abuse yourself is the level you will tolerate from others. Now picture this on the collective level. We need to love ourselves first, in order to remove our subconscious tolerance of abuse.

The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than a machine.” -Sir James Jeans, British physicist

Heart’s electromagnetic field. This what is called the aura, and why we feel people’s vibes. The heart’s electromagnetic field has been measured to radiate 8 feet out from the body. And it was only measured at 8 feet because that’s the limitation of the equipment used so far. It’s speculated that the heart’s electromagnetic field actually has the potential to expand for miles, if we’re operating in a state of love and gratitude. Check out my post “The Love Aura” for more details on this.

Reality is a mirror. The external mirrors your internal state. And believe it or not, quantum physics is beginning to hint at this (the double-slit experiment, quantum entanglement, the holographic universe theory…etc).

Our internal state determines what we see and experience on the “outside.” Our “reality” mirrors our fundamental beliefs.

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein

Uncle Al even told us about the law of attraction. Like attracts like.

We all know, for example, the guy who somehow ends up getting into fights wherever he goes. Then there’s the people who walk barefoot across burning coals unscathed. How is this even possible!? The power of belief. (I highly recommend The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden, which goes into great detail on all of this)

Whatever we’re resonating (subconsciously and consciously), is what we get as our “reality.”

Quote city…

“The world is a mirror, forever reflecting what you see inside yourself.” -Neville Goddard

 

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin

 

“Let us consider a piece of cheese. Where are it’s qualities? Not in the cheese, for different observers give different accounts of it. Not in ourselves, for we do not perceive them in the absence of the cheese. They are the result of the union, the seer and the seen, of subject and object.” -Robert Shea/Robert Anton Wilson

 

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

 

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

Meditation decreasing crime rates. Yes, you read that right. Group meditation has been shown to decrease crime rates. Mindblowing stuff.

Reality is a lot stranger and more malleable than we’ve been conditioned to think. And that’s exciting.

How to change the world, summed up in a few sentences:

Be aware. Be aware of your state of being. Be aware of your actions and interactions. Be aware of what you support with your spending habits. Be aware of what you support with your attention. Because you’re so much more powerful than you think…

Operate in love (as opposed to fear) and be solution-oriented with your actions (as opposed to merely dwelling on problems). And never underestimate the power of simple acts of kindness. Become your own ocean of love and light, and witness the currents of change sweep across the globe 🙂

The shift starts within you. And it’s as simple as all those seemingly insignificant choices in your daily life.

“A few of us will start this. I invite you to become a quantum activist with this resolution in mind: we can change ourselves and we can change the world simultaneously.” -Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great. You’re profoundly changing the world.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

PS- Did I put enough quotes in here? 😉

Back to Your Essence

I’m reaching out
To pull you back to your essence

That pure love
You embodied as a child

Do not bury it
Do not hide your face

Do not rob yourself
Of your own radiant innocence

You… are worth it
You… are worthy

No need to fear
No need to worry
No need for anxiety
No need for guilt
No need for shame
It’s all illusion
Smoke and mirrors

Let your light shine

No need to fit in
We came here to stand out

We came here to be free
We came here to learn
We came here to experience
We came here to discover our true self
Revelation through challenges

You are the creator
Of your greatest joys
And deepest sorrows

Self-love comes first
Everything else follows

Let go and fly
Embrace your inner dove
Remember who you are
Infinite LOVE

 

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Why It’s in Your Best Interest to Use This Word

You unknowingly wield a weapon of astounding power, every moment of your life.

You’re even employing this mechanism of mammoth magnitude right now. And so am I…

What is it, you ask?

The words you use.

The words you choose to speak, to both yourself and others, define our experience. Your speech (internal and external) acts as a filter placed upon your picture of reality.

Words carry deep meaning, extending well beyond surface-level appearance. Words are like arrows of intention, aimed at the mysterious field of infinite abstraction.

Positive people consistently use positive words, while negative Nancy’s marinate in negative narratives. And elite athletes steadily speak the language of perseverance and success. There’s no secret, it’s all a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Whatever your consistent dominant thoughts are (and thus what you express through words), the universe conspires to bring just that to fruition.

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The macro version of brain cells

The one particular word that sparked the idea for this post is “Scout.”

I heard this term used by Stephen Davis in his thought-provoking ebook “Butterflies Are Free To Fly” (I’m listening to the audio version now). In it, he describes himself as a “scout” (as opposed to a guru, expert, master…etc), simply reporting information and from his unique perspective and experience. This, in my opinion, is a brilliant way to phrase things.

Check out “Butterflies Are Free To Fly” here. (PS- It’s free!)

A very applicable dictionary definition of the word scout is  “A person sent out to obtain information.”

A scout observes, gathers information, and then shares these observations with others. I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of that.

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Why using “Scout” is (… well…) useful:

1. It implies that we all have unique perspectives and we can all learn from one another.

2. It shatters the idea (or illusion) of hierarchy.

Ego is overemphasized in our society, creating a culture of rigid hierarchy, power struggles, scarcity, inferiority/superiority and all of the dysfunction that comes with that a fear-based paradigm.

With using the word “scout,” there is no giving power away. There is no placing one person on a pedestal, while looking down on another. It embraces the fact that everyone has something useful to contribute, and there is always something useful to learn.

There is no better or worse; those are merely labels we place on everything.

No one is more advanced, and no position in life is more important; just different perspectives. Is a person who’s on a mountaintop “better” than someone on a beach? Of course not, they’re merely experiencing nature from different vantage points.

Everyone has a beautifully unique point of view. We’re all the universe experiencing itself from a vast number of unique perspectives.

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan

The term scout implies that we all have unique perspectives and unique experiences to share with others. And in sharing, we help others see more clearly. (Sharing is caring)

There’s a reason why sports games are filmed from multiple camera angles. There’s a reason why we have more than one eye (imagine how good our depth perception would be with like 6 eyes haha). Having multiple sources of information is far more effective than just one.

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What’s the point in using different words?

Like I stated above, our words hold immense power. Our words define our experience.

Sales people, for example, know this very well, and carefully craft words to create a desired outcome. They wouldn’t choose their words so carefully if it didn’t have such a profound effect.

And this isn’t exclusive to the words we verbalize;  our self-talk is just as important (if not more). We all have internal dialogue, and this self-talk determines how we perceive reality. Most of the time, these perceptions are not blatant, but instead based on the subtleties of the subconscious intentions behind words.

If you’re attaching identity to terms like guru, expert, master…etc. you’re tapping into a hierarchical/rigid/egotistical paradigm, and restricting the effortless flow of life.

For example, if you’re learning from someone who calls themself an “expert,” you will inherently believe that they are “better” or more advanced. You’re more likely to blindly follow this person, giving up at least some of your intrinsic power. But think of this person as a scout, and you’ll learn all you can from their perspective while viewing them as an equal (not putting them on a pedestal).

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.” -Bruce Lee
^Probably favorite quote of all-time

Now let’s flip the script. If you label yourself as an “expert” you’re more likely to be rigid in your beliefs. Thinking you know best, and cutting yourself off from a lot of useful information out there. Think of yourself as a “scout” and you’ll be more open to all possibility, and even learn from the very people who you were teaching.

That’s why many people I admire will often say things like “Don’t take this as absolute truth, it’s merely my perspective.” And they tend to be much closer to truth than the people who claim that their way is the only way and everything else is wrong.

It’s all a matter of perception…

Life isn’t black and white. Subjectivity paints the gray area of reality with vibrant colors.

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When everyone is a “scout,” everyone gains more perspective on everything. This inevitably disintegrates things like intellectual dependency, rigid labels and inflexible assumptions; allowing us to readily form our own unique conclusions and continuously evolve.

How to incorporate this today:

Simply be aware of the words you use (both with self-talk and external dialogue).

Are you subtly sabotaging yourself? Or are you programming yourself for success and happiness? If you find yourself choosing disempowering words (or phrases), be aware of this, and replace them with something more beneficial. (Meditation is a great way to hone this awareness.) Do this consistently, and the words you choose will change, manifesting a whole new reality.

And that’s my “scouting report”  😉

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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6 Steps To Program Yourself For Happiness And Success

I want you to answer this question honestly…

How are you programming yourself?

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Are you conditioning yourself to your benefit or detriment? Are you programming yourself with love or fear? Are you brainwashing yourself to be empowered and positive, or a disempowered victim? What stories are you telling yourself?

Whatever you program yourself with becomes your experience; your reality.

“Just as your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener, planting seeds, your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow. 

Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys. Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, whichever you plant by the mental equivalents you create.” -Brian Tracy

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The conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time. You always have the choice of what that one conscious thought is, and you can always change it.

You reap what you sew. Keep planting seeds of love and empowerment, and that’s what you’ll reap.

You’re the gatekeeper. You can let demons or angels into your royal kingdom. The choice is up to you…

“One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’”

We create “reality”…

Placebo Effect – Think about how crazy the Placebo Effect is! Have you ever really wrapped your head around it? It’s a phenomenon in which people’s beliefs cause physical changes. That’s mind-blowing. The placebo effect is a testament to the ability of our consciousness to influence “physical reality.”

Dr. Emoto’s Water Experiments – Another example of consciousness affecting reality is Dr. Emoto’s water experiments. Dr. Emoto would subject water to various stimuli (words, phrases, music…etc), and then quickly freeze them so they crystallize. The results were amazing. Water crystals subjected to love-based stimuli would form beautiful, harmonious structures, while crystals subjected to not-of-love stimuli would would be disharmonious. Intriguing, eh?

Double-slit experiment – Then there’s the famous double-slit experiment… This experiment has repeatedly shown that matter is not what we thought it was, and that the behavior of particles change when they are being observed. This (again) hints at the effect of consciousness on “reality.”  Here’s a great video explaining the double-slit experiment:

Check this article out for more on these topics – 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World

The field of possibilities… 
Many who study quantum physics and the fundamental structures of “reality” hypothesize that everything exists as a “field of possibility.” That everything is fundamentally wave-form, and brought to fruition (as “physical reality”) only when conscious attention is placed upon this field. This is science echoing the age-old spiritual teachings of oneness and creating our own reality. Empowering, right?

“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy.” -David Bohm (theoretical physicist and mentor of Albert Einstein)

For a spectacular presentation of these concepts, check out “Divine Matrix” by Gregg Braden…

The Law of Attraction…
The law of attraction is the belief that “like attracts like.” What you put out into the world is what you receive. You reap what you sew. The law of attraction entails creating your own reality (empowering, right?). “Reality” is more malleable and dynamic than we’ve been conditioned to think. And after studying subjects like quantum physics, these kind of ideas seem less “New-Agey” and more self-evident.

Ok, let’s bring it back to the ground now…

Common sense…
You act, consciously and subconsciously, according to what you believe. For example, if you believe you don’t deserve a girlfriend or boyfriend, you will create that reality. You’ll have bad posture, unconfident communicative abilities, and a lack of that love aura. So then, consequently, you won’t attract a girlfriend/boyfriend. What you believe is what you get. Our beliefs determine our thoughts, emotions, actions, interactions, and thus our experience in life.

“We all tell ourselves stories. We define ourselves with our stories. Is your story helpful?” -Elliott Hulse

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How to program yourself for success and happiness (or anything else you wish to BE or attain):

1. Awareness. This is the most crucial thing for any kind of personal development. You must first be aware of your thoughts in order to change them.

“KEY THOUGHT – When you choose to be aware of behavior patterns that don’t serve you, you are in a position to change them. That’s empowerment.” -dr. michael ryce

The best way to develop awareness of your thoughts is to consistently meditate (even if only for a few minutes). Here’s a really helpful list of tips on meditation.

2. Stop the negative thought patterns. Once you become aware of your thoughts, you will then begin catching the negative thoughts as they arise. Simply observe and let go of them. As you do this, they’ll become less and less frequent. Soon enough you’ll be able to transcend the negative thought patterns and consciously program yourself to your benefit.

Piece of advice – Reduce the amount of news you watch (and TV in general). It’s overwhelmingly fear-based, and will further exacerbate negative thought patterns. It’s called ” television programming” for a reason. Don’t be a victim of mass fear-mongering, consciously program yourself to your benefit.

3. Plant the seeds you want. Use your self-awareness to consciously program empowering and loving thoughts into your psyche. Your self-talk should be like talking to a young child, gentle, encouraging and empowering. Be aware of what you say to yourself, as that is the experience you get.

Techniques to plant the seeds you want:

~Affirmations. Affirmations are empowering phrases that are consistently repeated, programming the subconscious mind. With affirmations, it’s crucial to affirm that your desire IS happening. The Universe works in bringing you what you believe in the present moment; what you are projecting in the eternal now. Repeated affirmations upgrade the programming system (your subconscious) in which you operate on.

Here are some examples:
If you want good health…
“I am healthy and strong.”
If you want to attract money…
“I am experiencing money flowing easily into my life.”

Note: A lot of effective affirmations start with “I am…” When you powerfully affirm that it IS, it will come to fruition.

Huffington Post – 35 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

~Visualization. Successful athletes are well-known for using visualization to optimize performance. Visualize what you desire like it IS happening right now (like with affirmations). Imagine and experience the visualization with all your senses. Become fully immersed, and you will help bring your vision to fruition. Visualize the action and actualize the vision. Consistently imagine the taste of success, and you will inevitably taste success.

“For example, one study had novice weightlifters imagine that they were performing a bicep curl exercise three times a week for eight weeks. The participants did notactually do any bicep curls or any other elbow flexion training during that time. However, they still gained strength in both the elbow flexors and extensors (44 and 32 percent increase in strength, respectively). A second study found that college athletes who performed visualization before strength training had more confidence and lifted more weight in a leg press exercise than they had done before without imagery. “ -Charles Poliquin

4. Move in the direction you want to go. Take action. Work towards your desires. If you want to get stronger, start lifting weights. If you want to become a better writer, read and write more. If you want to find your soul mate, be more open and do more things to meet people.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. Consistently apply steps 1-4. 

See my article “Use This Strategy To Accomplish Anything (Part 1)” for a reminder of how ridiculously effective consistency is.

6. Reap the benefits and continue on the wonderful journey of life. 

And, of course, stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

Much Love.

-Stevie P!

Cute Girl Shuffle

Here’s a little poem I felt compelled to write and share. Hope you enjoy it…

You were on your way to work
Walking at a hurried pace
The concept of time
Weighing heavily on your mind

Our paths crossed
On that city street corner

We exchanged eye contact
For a slice of eternity
Then you glided right in front of me
With a slight hop
A captivating, delightful skip
Barely airborne
Yet leaving me in the clouds

You landed in a moment of serenity
With quick, little steps
The cutest shuffle
Shifting out of angelic form
And relapsing back to that hasty march
Ending our serendipitous encounter

I’ll probably never see you again
But thank you
Thank you for the beautiful glimpse

28 Ways To Instantly Turn A “Bad” Day Around

Love is our natural state.

If you’re not in a state of love,  joy, bliss, peace, happiness…etc then there is something damming the flow of life.

By removing the blocks, we allow continuous bliss to flow as it should.

Like Bruce Lee said, “Be like water, my friend.”

This is especially important in those moments where we feel blocked from our natural state of love. When we’re having “one of those days.”

Learn to flow around (or right through!) those rough moments that even the best of us encounter from time to time.

Here are 28 simple ways to instantly turn a “bad” day around…

Note: I put “bad” in quotes because it’s just a label we put on things. “Good” or “bad” is simply a judgment based on perspective. Change your perception (aka your filter of reality), and your reality changes accordingly.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ―Winston Churchill

The art of turning your day around ultimately comes down to two fundamental things; changing your perspective and expressing yourself.

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1. Remember that you have the choice! You choose to be happy or sad. You choose to be offended by something. You have the choice of love or fear. You’ll always be a sad little victim if you think you don’t have the choice. You’ll be empowered,  positive and successful (in everything) when you realize you have the ability to choose happiness at every moment. Take responsibility for your situation. Responsibility is response-ability: the ability to respond. Taste the sweet nectar of empowerment.

“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” -Dalai Lama

“Take the negative definition off of responsibility,
it doesn’t mean blame or it certainly doesn’t have to be,
it doesn’t mean burden,
it doesn’t mean struggle if you don’t want it to.
Responsibility: the ability to respond!
Period! Who doesn’t want that?!
Who doesn’t want the ability
to respond to something… to be creative… to act?”
That’s what responsibility is,
your ability to respond instead of react to these ideas.
So, take responsibility… demand responsibility,
insist on responsibility… believe me… it’s the most fun!”
Bashar

 

2. Call your mom (or someone else who deeply cares about you, if this isn’t possible). A call to momma is a sure-fire solution for a rough day.

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3. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. A call (like I mentioned above), text, send an email, or even  a Facebook message to an old friend can instantly boost your mood. Interpersonal connections are integral to the human experience.

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4. Deep breathing. Relax and consciously breath deeply, into your belly (or as Elliott Hulse so eloquently puts it, “breathe into you balls.”). This puts both the mind and body at peace after just a few breaths. Deep breathing is the gateway to self-mastery.

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5. Lay on the floor (or ground) until you feel like getting up again. For those days when you really don’t feel like doing ANYTHING, this is the solution. Simply lay on the floor (on your back), relax your body and breath deeply. See my post about it here.

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6. Meditate. Any form of meditation is a phenomenal way to reset yourself and move forward with a renewed sense of vitality. Here’s an article with great, practical tips on meditation for beginners.

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7. Walk outside. Walking makes us feel good (we’re bipedal after all, right?). And being outside makes us feel good. So that makes walking outside a winning combination. It’s calming and refreshing on so many levels. A quick, 10 minute walk outside is my go-to strategy for getting through a rough work day.

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8. Take a shower. Water is cleansing. Showers are relaxing. Seriously, have you ever been in a bad mood in the shower? And if you really want to ramp it up, switch to cold water for the last minute or two. Read about the benefits of cold showers here.

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9. Work out. If you muster the motivation to work out when you’re having an off day, you find yourself a new person by the end of the workout; like a (jacked) phoenix arising from its ashes. It transforms fatigue to vitality, apathy to passion, and hopelessness to empowerment.

 

10. Smile for no reason. Seriously, do it. Just smile. You CAN’T NOT feel happy when smiling, even if it’s forced.

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11. Laugh for no reason. Whatever applies to smiling, applies to laughing as well. Laugh like a little kid. Laugh with your whole body. Come up with the weirdest laughs you can. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Put on your LOLerskates and have some fun.

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12. Have a spoonful of coconut oil. This works like magic. I remember one time I was at work, feeling depleted and worn-out. I ate a spoonful of coconut oil, and within 20 minutes I was back to feelin’ good, feelin’ great. Try it for yourself.

Read about the endless benefits and uses of coconut oil here.

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13. Cook. Cooking is so underrated as an enjoyable, rewarding activity, and comes with a whole host of benefits. The process of cooking can be enjoyable in and of itself. And then you get to eat tasty food when you’re done!

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14. Take a moment to wonder. Be awe-struck by reality. Observe the natural beauty everywhere. Gaze at the sky and contemplate the possibilities. Admire the elaborate architecture of buildings. Wonder what life is like for the people passing on the street. Be amazed. This natural state of wonder and curiosity will wake you up from any negative trance and give you some awe-inspiring perspective.

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15. Express yourself! If you’re holding onto anger, go somewhere where you can scream or work out intensely. If you’re holding sadness, cry. Let it out! Many of the other items on this list fall under this category too. Just express yourself however you feel like it, and you’ll be revitalized.

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16. Do some stretching, mobility exercises or yoga. Physical tension and mental tension are intimately connected. Sometimes the body just needs to release tension, and then mind will follow suit.

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17. Write. Write a poem. Write a journal entry. Just write. Writing is an excellent means of self-expression, and can be remarkably cathartic.

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18. Check something off of your to-do list, no matter how small. Even the smallest sense of accomplishment can create a snowball effect of positive momentum.

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19. Put yourself back in your shoes as a young child. How did you imagine you would act as a grown-up? Probably like some sort of superhero, right? Definitely not like a disempowered victim. Your inner child is right. Drop fear and the illusion of disempowerment and live up to your grown-up, superhero potential.

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20. Ask yourself WWSD (What Would Spongebob Do?)

 

21. Remind yourself that someone always has it worse than you. No matter your circumstance, there’s someone out there that has it worse than you. Especially if you’re fortunate enough to be accessing the internet 😉

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22. Watch an Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) video. Infinite Waters is probably my favorite Youtube channel. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood while watching this guy. He has the most positive aura that just makes you smile.

Watch Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) videos here

And here’s one of my favorites:

 

23. Remember… You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think…

 

24. View life as like a video game. Video games are meant to be challenging. They are based on overcoming obstacles. Why? Because it makes it so much more satisfying when it’s all said and done. The same principle applies to life in general. What would a video game be without any challenges? It would be boring and absolutely pointless. Would you play Super Mario if all you did was leisurely walk to the right the whole time with no obstacles? Hell no! What’s the fun in that? Would you enjoy playing Pokemon if you had unlimited master balls and rare candies? (I hope you got that one haha). It’s all about the journey, baby. Overcome the obstacles, keep leveling up, and keep having fun.

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25. Sometimes the Universe tests you. Think about challenges, difficulties, problems or anything you label as “bad” as a test. These situations are tests of character. How are you going to deal with it? Whine, complain and throw your hands in the air like a weak little victim? Or persevere, like the empowered being you know you really are?

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Jump the hurdles

 

26. Think about how insignificant your problems are in the grand scheme of things. If you’re reading this (probably from a computer or smartphone, right?), chances are that all of the so-called problems in your life are self-created, blown out of proportion, and ultimately insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Is your bad day at work going to matter a year from now? Is that guy that cut you off in traffic going to occupy your thoughts on your deathbed? Of course not. You may not be able to change what happens, but you most certainly can change how you react. Everything is a learning experience. Nothing is inherently “good” or “bad;” it’s merely our perceived judgment that attaches these labels to everything. Change your perception, stop labeling things as “bad”, and stay enjoying the life your living.

“No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse.” ― Jeffrey R. Holland

It’s pointless to fret about the crumbs on the floor when you’re making a masterpiece meal. Your life is your masterpiece; enjoy the creative process without getting hung up on the asinine side products.

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27. Listen to a song you love (preferably a happy/upbeat one). Play your favorite song, and I bet you can’t hold onto negativity even if you tried. Music is food for the soul, romancing us on an energetic level.

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28. Watch these Youtube videos…

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

Have an awesome day.

-Stevie P!