Be a Relationship Catalyst

Who are you really?

This is the question that has made many of us get to where we are today. If we are not the body and we are not even the mind, who are we really?

We are created with a name, not the one our parents gave us at birth, but the name we bring by nature, the personal print that characterises our own life from others, the reason why we were born in a certain place, with certain parents or without them, and certain circumstances around.

I believe that we come to this life in order to define who we really are. Each of our life experiences help us recognize our true nature, we are not alone, we are interdependent, not in a sense that we can’t live without others, but in a sense that we search for connection in order to feel SAFE. We also want to take care of others, and in exchange we will accomplish our life purpose.

Everybody is a reflection of you, and the Universe brings exactly what you need, when you need it. Each of them brings a message for personal GROWTH, only if we are ready and aware of that, we can take it as an opportunity instead of an obstacle for self-realization. For example, I hear a lot of people saying: “I regret all the time I lost with that person” instead of saying: “I thank that person for showing me the parts I don’t like about myself”.

Finding what “I” is, open up infinite possibilities for engaging in better and fulfilling relationships. Think about what part of yourself you want to show up. Be and decide who you really are because you can’t give something you don’t have. If you are searching for someone special, you need to become someone special.

What’s the right direction?

If personal interactions are fundamental part of life, it’s our duty to create the most powerful experiences possible. The meaning behind this is to discover where I am going and with whom, therefore, we have the freedom to decide everything we want, to design and create our present moment according to our basic needs and the desire of finishing the job of self-discovery, which is never-ending by the way…

As human beings we have two main characteristics by nature: self-control and love. We are not meant to be weak, this is a reality! You are the life to renew yourself no matter what you’ve been going through!

Self-control is supremacy of power, authority and strength over yourself. We need to say “no” to negative people and negative environments. It takes something to let go of everything that keep us away from being happy, and this is courage to reject what no longer serves us. But again, we need to know our limits, our weaknesses and strengths first.

Loving ourselves does not mean that we are becoming selfish, loving ourselves instead means that we choose only positive to come to us. Love from a compassionate mind requires loving without expectations. And here I want to share my point of view regardless expectations; having no expectations doesn’t mean that we are expecting to complete ourselves with others; or that we don’t need anything from anybody, but that we find ourselves complete and we are ready to share our completeness with others. We all have something to share: time, knowledge, space, interests… that’s why we decide to connect with others and share what we treasure the most.

Find the balance

“Be the change you want to see in others”. To become a catalyst you need to understand that the only person you can change is yourself. We spend most of our time trying to change people and things around us, but the fact is that we are losing our time. If you do something, do it for a reason.

A good friend of mine always reminds me of relating with nourishing and positive people no matter what’s my final goal, he also encourages me to find a real motivation in new projects. The energy I use in daily life for working, volunteering, dating, helping family and friends should be full of power and love. And don’t forget to give yourself.

“Let go and let it be”. Just because you decide to become more open and tolerant doesn’t mean you don’t care about it. If you keep a good perspective, you develop the ability to respond instead of react, avoiding unnecessary stress and arguments, give you the free pass for assertive communication and the right to express yourself better about your feelings and needs, leaving behind guilt and frustration.

Actions for lifetime relationships

Creating positive bonds is not so hard, after you find the right balance and decide who you want to be. It is time to try out your inner wisdom and start correcting your habits to keep that balance and not get out of track. How can we make it easier?

1. Pleasant: let go of the ego, stop trying to be right about everything, specially when it comes to the relationship with your partner or spouse. It’s okay to be angry at someone for a moment but ask yourself the reason why you are feeling that way. A simple “you are right, I’m sorry” bonds you to one another.
2. Positive speech: your ability to speak is one of the ways to connect. Be aware of giving compliments and gratitude to your beloved ones. Laughing, having a good sense of humour, making plans for a social meeting, as well as the tone of voice you use is a part of the mindset that you need to feel good and make others enjoy the time together.
3. Compromise: as I said before, you can’t complete yourself with someone, it’s necessary to give space and proper communication. Everyone has their own needs and opinions, we must respect each other and share their interest or at least motivate them to follow dreams and aspirations.
4. Acceptance: when you see someone as they truly are, you see their good and bad habits, automatically you stay present to the nature of life, and you stop the need to change someone.
5. Be calm: make an effort to be mindful, cultivate inner peace at all times, be the role-model for everyone around you. Make your mind neutral to all senses as all the things we enjoy with our senses will die or end some time in the future. Holding on to them will delay the purification of the mind.

“How deeply you touch another life is how rich your life is.”

How to practice patience when facing negative emotions?

I like to define patience as peace + science, or in other words, the science of peace.

Patience is the ability to overcome challenges without reacting with anger. You can show patience with a good attitude in front of life difficulties. Being patient is also the comprehension of life facts without forcing anything or anyone, without getting attached to anything or anyone, without any effort.

If the patience is part of our natural state, why do we “lose” it?

Patience is lost as we allow what does not correspond to our real nature. The enemies of patience are negative emotions such as ANGER AND HATE, which bring suffering. These negative emotions are created in the mind because the mind is like a sponge; it absorbs both the positive and the negative, unfortunately, it is proven that the mind absorbs more quickly the negative than the positive.

In the world we live in, we receive daily hate messages such as wars, abandonment, and injustice. In social networks and television, they show us a reality full of falsehood and materialism called “mass consumption“. All of this is absorbed and accumulated by mind daily. It is as if the mind were a glass of water and each negative thought is a drop of ink that falls into the water and becomes cloudy and dark.

When we faced difficult situations, the mind is cloudy and dark and, instead of responding assertively, it reacts with anger and hatred.

If something happens that I do not want, I get angry …

When someone says or does something that I do not like, I get angry …

When situations do not go as I expected, I get angry …

If we analyze this pattern, there is always “something” or “someone” that “steals” our peace or patience. If we let everything that happens around affect us, we end up suffering. And this is because we are so dissatisfied with life that we always want something more and we do not even know what that something is.

As the Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo says: “People find it difficult to be happy because they think happiness is to be happy with everyone and everything, be happy and nothing more, laugh at everything. But if we could realize that happiness is to be serene. And that serenity is obtained when one is on the path he chose. Not exactly because he does well, that would be very easy. But we expect so much from the happiness that we have made it impossible.”

In order to end the suffering caused by anger and hatred, we need to change our DESIRES. Desires are another cause of suffering, and uncontrollable desires can lead to death. People hurt themselves, self-flagellate, suffer from depression, anxiety and end up losing patience altogether.

We all face obstacles; if they have a solution, there is no reason to be angry, and if they do not have it, how does it benefit us to get angry?

But here is something important, NOT all suffering is bad, the small daily sufferings that affect us physically and emotionally, such as pain and illness, also prepare us to endure great adversities. If we become familiar with the challenges every day, we become stronger, and it becomes easier and easier to solve them.

How to cultivate patience?

One of the most effective ways to cultivate patience is to have TRUST, trusting that everything we need comes to us at the time and in the right way, without any effort. This we can call waiting, “wait patiently.” If we return to the example of the glass with water, if we let the ink settle in the bottom of the glass, we can see clearly and choose to respond assertively to the challenges, instead of getting angry.

Confidence allows us to understand that everything arrives at the perfect moment and time. For some strange reason, humans have developed the need to control everything, including others. This creates great disappointments of how life is according to what we expect from it. Through the practice of trust, we let everything flow without the need to control; flow with life is much more relaxed and effective than go against the flow!

One of the best ways to cultivate that natural state of patience is by means of meditation. Meditation is an exercise for the mind, which is, as I mentioned earlier, the source of negative emotions and uncontrollable desires. Meditation allows us to:

-Learn how to deal with our thoughts and emotions

-Connect with our natural state of inner peace

-Clean the impurities of the mind

-Control the desires

-Accept the nature of the world that is UNCONTROLLABLE

3 affirmations to cultivate patience

After recognizing the origin of the loss of patience and understanding that we can control our desires to stop suffering, we can pause and transform our life experience into a conscious experience of peace and serenity. Positive affirmations are the opposite of the negative thought patterns that we normally use and are the starting point for personal development.

For this reason, I want to share the following affirmations to cultivate patience in all areas of life:

  • Practice acceptance

Today I accept the people, situations, and circumstances as they occur. I know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not fight against the whole universe by fighting against this moment. I accept things as they are and not as I want them to be.

  • Take responsibility

Today I take responsibility for my situation and for all the events that I see as challenges. I avoid blaming others or myself. I recognize that every challenge is a disguised opportunity, which allows me to take this moment and transform it for my growth and expansion.

  • Remain defenseless

Today, I renounce my point of view, and I have no need to persuade others to accept my opinions. I remain open to all points of view and I am not rigidly attached to any of them. I choose to be kind before being right.

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Cómo practicar la paciencia ante emociones negativas

Me gusta definir paciencia como la unión entre Paz + Ciencia, o sea, la ciencia de la paz. 

También, es la habilidad de sobrellevar circunstancias difíciles sin reaccionar con enojo. La paciencia se muestra en el buen ánimo con el que toleramos las dificultades de la vida. Ser paciente también es la comprensión de los hechos de la vida sin forzar nada ni a nadie, sin ningún esfuerzo. 

Entonces, si la paciencia es parte de nuestro estado natural, ¿por qué “perdemos” la paciencia? 

La paciencia se pierde a medida que se permite lo que no corresponde a nuestra naturaleza. Los enemigos de la paciencia son las emociones negativas como EL ENFADO Y EL ODIO, que traen consigo el sufrimiento. Estas emociones negativas se crean en la mente, porque la mente es como una esponja; absorbe tanto lo positivo como lo negativo, lamentablemente, está comprobado que la mente absorbe mas rápido lo negativo que lo positivo. 

En el mundo en que vivimos, diariamente recibimos mensajes de odio como las guerras, el abandono, y la injusticia.  En redes sociales y la television nos muestran una realidad cargada de falsedad y materialismo llamada consumismo. Todo esto la mente lo absorbe y lo acumula a diario. Es como si la mente fuera un vaso con agua y cada pensamiento negativo es una gota de tinta que cae en el agua y la va volviendo turbia y oscura. 

Si cuando nos encontramos frente a situaciones difíciles, la mente está turbia y oscura, en lugar de responder asertivamente, puede reaccionar con enfado y odio.

Si pasa algo que no quiero, me enfado…

Cuando alguien dice o hace algo que no me gusta, me enfado…

Cuando las situaciones no salen como yo esperaba, me enfado…

Si analizamos este patrón siempre hay “algo” o “alguien” que nos “roba” la paz o la paciencia. Si dejamos que todo lo que pase alrededor nos afecte, terminamos sufriendo. Y esto es porque estamos tan inconformes con la vida que siempre queremos algo más y ni siquiera sabemos qué es ese algo. 

Como dice el psiquiatra chileno Claudio Naranjo:

“La gente encuentra difícil ser feliz, porque piensan que felicidad es estar feliz con todos y con todo, ser feliz y nada más, reírse por todo. Pero si pudiéramos realizar que felicidad es estar serenos. ¡Y que esa serenidad se obtiene cuando uno está en el camino que escogió! no exactamente porque le vaya bien, eso seria muy fácil. Pero esperamos tanto de la felicidad que la hemos vuelto imposible.” 

Para poder terminar con el sufrimiento producto del enfado y el enojo necesitamos cambiar nuestros DESEOS. Los deseos son otra causa de sufrimiento, los deseos incontrolables pueden llevar a la muerte. Las personas se dañan así mismas, se auto-flagelan, sufren de depresión, ansiedad y terminan perdiendo por completo la paciencia.  

Todos enfrentamos obstáculos; si tienen solución no hay motivos para enfadarse, y si no la tienen, ¿en qué nos beneficia enfadarnos? 

Pero aquí hay algo importante, NO todo el sufrimiento es malo, los pequeños sufrimientos cotidianos que nos afectan física y emocionalmente, como el dolor y la enfermedad, también nos preparan para soportar grandes adversidades. Si todos los días nos familiarizamos con los retos, nos volvemos mas fuertes y cada vez se vuelven mas fáciles de resolver.

¿Cómo cultivar la paciencia?

Una de las formas más efectivas de cultivar la paciencia es teniendo CONFIANZA, confiar en que todo cuanto necesitamos nos llega en el momento y de la forma oportuna, sin ningún esfuerzo. A esto le podemos llamar esperar, “esperar pacientemente”. Si volvemos al ejemplo del vaso con agua, si dejamos que la tinta se asiente en el fondo del vaso, podemos ver con claridad y escoger responder de manera asertiva ante los problemas, en lugar de enfadarnos. Pero esto toma tiempo.

La confianza nos permite comprender que todo llega en el momento y de la forma oportuna. Por alguna extraña razón, los seres humanos hemos desarrollado la necesidad de controlarlo todo, incluyendo a otros. Esto genera grandes decepciones de cómo es la vida con respecto a lo que esperamos de ella. Mediante la práctica de la confianza, dejamos que todo fluya sin tanta necesidad de controlar, ¡fluir con la vida es mucho más relajado y efectivo que ir contra la corriente!

Una de las mejores prácticas para cultivar ese estado natural de ser paciente es la meditación. La mediation es un ejercicio para la mente, que es, como mencioné anteriormente, la fuente de las emociones negativas y deseos incontrolables. Esta herramienta nos permite:

-Aprender a lidiar con nuestros pensamientos y emociones 

-Conectar con nuestro estado natural de paz interior

-Limpiar las impurezas de la mente

-Controlar nuestros deseos

-Aceptar la naturaleza del mundo que es INCONTROLABLE

3 afirmaciones para cultivar la paciencia 

Luego de reconocer dónde se origina la pérdida de la paciencia, y entender que podemos controlar nuestros deseos para frenar el sufrimiento, podemos hacer una pausa y transformar nuestra experiencia de vida en una experiencia consciente de paz y serenidad. Las afirmaciones positivas son lo opuesto a los patrones de pensamiento negativos que normalmente utilizamos y son el punto de comienzo hacia el desarrollo personal.

Por esta razón deseo compartirles las siguientes afirmaciones para cultivar la paciencia en todas las áreas de la vida:

  • Practica aceptación 

Hoy, acepto a las personas, situaciones, y circunstancias a conformen ocurran. Yo sé que este momento es tal como debe ser, porque todo el universo es como debe ser. No voy a luchar en contra de todo el universo al luchar en contra de este momento. Acepto las cosas como son y no como quiero que sean.

  • Toma responsabilidad 

Hoy, tomo responsabilidad por mi situación y por todos los eventos que veo como retos. Evito culpar a otros o a mí mismo. Reconozco que todo reto es una oportunidad disfrazada, que me permite tomar este momento y transformarlo para mi crecimiento y expansión.

  • Permanece indefenso 

Hoy, renuncio a mi punto de vista, y no tengo necesidad de persuadir a otros a aceptar mis opiniones. Permanezco abierto a todos los puntos de vista y no estoy rígidamente apegado a ninguno de ellos. Elijo ser amable antes que estar en lo correcto.

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Seven Steps For A Yogi Path

There’s a lot of confusion about yoga these days. For many, it’s just a brand to market their products, or a tool used in social media as a way to get thousands of likes and followers. However, yoga is not only about a perfect headstand pose, or holding your leg behind your neck. The asana (poses) practice is a very important part of this whole technology; it helps you be in a good physical condition, prevents you from loosing the right function of your body, helps you detox and restore your system from all the negative impact of the environment but is not definitely the only aspect of it.

When I became interested in yoga, I had no idea what I was doing, in fact, I had many misconceptions about it, like yoga is for women, yoga is for flexible people, yoga is religion and so on. Anyways I went for classes every week until I fell in love with it. Fortunately, thanks to this first approach to yoga and meditation, in a few months my life changed completely in the four areas: personal, social, professional, mental. I could witness my body and mind changing, while my heart started to open little by little allowing me to connect with my intuition, self-love, and compassion.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root YUJ, which means “to unite”. And the ultimate goal of it is liberation, also known as Samadhi, through the union of the individual self with the universal soul. According to the old scriptures, yoga began with the universal sound OM, the powerful cosmic vibration that lies in the bottom of all atomic energies, the word of creation.

For me, one of the most important aspects of engaging into a yoga lifestyle is to have the right reasons; you need to be one hundred percent committed to your daily practice Sadhana if you are to have success in maintaining it. Your “why” should be more important to you than the reasons and excuses for not doing it. So, before you start any yoga practice, you want to create a Sankalpa or a personal intention, formed by the heart and the mind, which serves as your personal resolution.

If you are wondering where to start, here are simple steps for a yogi path:

1) Moral discipline

As human beings, we have the ability to choose between the right and wrong. This can be considered as a very important practice for training our thoughts, speech, and actions in relation to the external world. Remember, we are not alone, we depend on others not only to survive but to build pure and lasting relationships, either you practice yoga or not.

2) Positive duties

This is a practice for healthy living concerned with ourselves and bringing an impact to the outside world as well. Some of these duties include purifying our body and mind, cultivating an attitude of contentment, self-discipline, self-study or inner exploration, and if you are deep into spirituality, you may consider surrendering to your spiritual source.

3) Posture

According to Patanjali, the physical aspect of yoga is the third step on the path of freedom. Asana means “seat” (for the practice of meditation), the posture should be steady and comfortable. Instead of focusing on only one posture that we can hold comfortable and motionlessness, we should be able to attain many poses really comfortable and steady.

In this article, I am taking the risk of stepping out of the Indian tradition and honoring the Tibetan Lamas with these Five Rites to activate and stimulate the seven main Chakras (wheels of spinning energy). According to Peter Kelder “performing the Five Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body”.

4) Breathing techniques

In sánskrit it is called Pranayama, the yogic practice of regulating and channelling one’s breath. Another path translates it as “freedom of breath”. The goal is to change our state of being so that we become more focused on what is to be the focus especially to meditate without distractions. My two favorite practices are:

Chandra Bhedana: our left nostril is energetically associated with the moon, our body’s cooling energy.

Surya Bedhana: our right nostril represented by the sun, carries our body’s healing energy.

5) Meditation

So far we reviewed the moral aspect of the being, the physical body and the breath as a source of balancing the energies. Now I am reaching one of my favorite aspects of yoga which is understanding the nature of the mind. We have two parts: the body and the mind, like the hardware and the software. The software controls the hardware, so the software needs to be optimized and clean in order for the hardware to work properly. The same way we need to keep the mind clean and optimized; keep it positive all the time, rest and let go of everything that no longer serves us. Meditation is a very effective tool to control the mind, desires, thoughts, speech and finally our actions. Research shows that regular meditation helps improve concentration skills, clarity, and emotional positivity.

I recommend you to start with a guided meditation.

6) Yogi eating

The type of food we eat plays an important role in our lifestyle, the energy levels and the deepening of the meditation and asana practice. It is our responsibility to fulfil all the requirements for the body, be aware of the quality of the food, and make it simple.

Avoid intoxicants like alcohol, drugs, smoking. This keeps you stimulated, and your ability to perceive and feel changes. The level of clarity gets limited, and you may make wrong decisions. Another advice is to make 40% of your diet plant-based, with fruits and veggies. Animals carry memory and information that your body absorbs and make it part of itself. As evolving beings, we no longer need to eat large quantities of meat. And, of course, if you are willing to spread love and kindness to all beings, think about all the sacrificed animals that die in order to satisfy your old habits and cravings.

7) Heal yourself

Emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually, we all have something to heal, in fact, I truly believe that the only reason we are born is to know who we really are. We carry deep fears, self-judgments, imposed beliefs, that are hard to face and can only be eradicated with the willpower and courage to recognize when something is wrong. Since my first contact with yoga, I notice a change in my consciousness and a deep desire to develop my life, cultivate my inner desires and dreams only by listening to the heart and getting away from all the possible distractions of the matrix.

As the Dalai Lama says: “Be free to experience on your own what works for you or not.”

These paragraphs that I’m sharing with you are not the ultimate truth but all of the tips mentioned have been used for thousands of years in many traditions and cultures. Too often, I keep repeating to myself that everything happens for a reason, and thanks to yoga I can understand myself better and spread the words of well-being around me. I believe in changes, and one by one we can all change the situations, mindset, and misperceptions that keep us away from being happy and at peace.