How Finding Inner Peace Changed My Life

Let’s face it! We all have a preoccupied life… Our daily life is all about waking up in the morning, rushing into the kitchen making breakfast for ourselves and our family, running off to work, getting back home exhausted and cranky, falling asleep in front of the TV and then repeating the same cycle (with some ups and downs) all over again, for the rest of our life.

Well, try my version: some time ago I started combining my Master´s studies (which is a crazy amount of homework, essays, lectures and presentations), an internship at the United Nations and working in a hectic job, while I am writing my thesis and translating a book. In the past, I used to come back home, crawl up somewhere in my house and cry over this stressful situation. During this time, I felt miserable and even when I was trying to sleep I wasn’t able to as the nightmares were sneaking in to haunt me.

But on one great day, it all changed.

Being Curious Finally Paid off!

It was a boring afternoon… I went to the kitchen to make tea and started surfing the internet looking for new internship opportunities. When I was surfing the internet I came across a website that was teaching self-development and inner peace lessons for free. I got curious and signed up.

During the first lesson, I had to sit down for 30 minutes and try to think about nothing (It felt impossible as I had so much work to do).  As the lesson went on, I categorised all the duties in my head instead of paying attention. I simply could not concentrate. But after 15 minutes, I was out of duties for the day and my body started feeling relaxed and I couldn’t feel my fingers (to be honest I freaked out, opened my eyes and counted my fingers before going back to meditation again!). After 30 minutes, I felt weirdly calm. It was in the afternoon but it felt as if it was six in the morning and that I was ready to wake up and start my daily routine.

Finding Nemo

The main point of meditation method was learning how to “be at the center of yourself”. The whole concept was vague to me for a while. The teacher would count down steps to calm the body down and then ask us to find the center in our body. Yet every time I was thinking:  where is the center?!

One night it happened. I was dealing with some problems regarding my studies and was in a desperate need of some minutes away from reality. When I got home, I changed out of my uniform, lit some candles, closed my eyes and sat down in the lotus position ready to start meditating. After a few minutes, it happened just like that. I was there – in the center, looking at my meditation object (the moon). It gave me a feeling as if I was finally in my own home. I could not hear anything, I could not feel anything, I was not even thinking as I was experiencing a genuine silence from the bottom of my center and was listening to the delightful sound of “nothing”.

Turning point

This practice that I started out of curiosity suddenly became a daily habit. It was the only “me time” during the day. I could not wait to finish my work and studies, get back home and start my inner journey. After practicing the inner-peace lessons for 42 days, I started to experience unique visions. I was visualizing myself in my most favorite place on earth, sitting by the Yara River looking at the magical sunset. One day, my visions took me to a mountain, where I was looking at the clouds passing by, caressing my face. The next day I felt the center of my body, reaching neutrality and felt deeply relaxed. The feelings were so deep that I was afraid to tell someone in case they would spoil it! Little by little, it changed my behaviour. I was able to make better decisions, think more clearly and be more focused on my work and studies. How incidental it was that a small moment of curiosity could change my whole life!

Want to be a Peace builder? Start with yourself!

We all want to change the world. I used to be obsessed about United Nations, following their pages thinking, “Wow, these guys are changing the world! It’s amazing; I want to do that too”. However, if you had asked me back then, how I was going to pursue this ambition, I literally had no idea. I would simply be waiting for someone to tell me what to do instead of taking initiative myself.

I believe it is great to have ambitions about changing the world, but now that I have more experience, I know that you can only achieve your goals if you start from within yourself. It is impossible to be a famous worldwide peace builder in one night. The most important thing is that you start somewhere, whatever method works for you. For me the inner peace lessons were very helpful. It does not have to take much of your time – 10 minutes a day is a good start and then before you know it, you are ready to change the world.

How to begin your inner-peace journey?

Here are a few suggestions if you are interested in experiencing the same journey to find your inner self like me:

  • Take your meditation posture on the floor,  chair,  or a sofa;
  • Relax your body and then your mind;
  • Concentrate and be aware of your surroundings. Find a central place within yourself and imagine it is a mental object, such as the moon;
  • Reach complete silence and equanimity in your mind. From this moment onwards, neutral observation and detachment to whatever may arise or occur is important. If thoughts arise, one can combine the mental object with a phrase (i.e. “Clear and Bright”)
  • Before getting up: spread the LOVE to all beings.

See you at the center!

How Can Inner Power Lead To A Successful Life?

Most of the people in the world are in a quest for a happy life, freedom and security. The search of happiness and successful life is therefore one of the common goals to everyone. How to acquire this happiness and how to enjoy life in freedom and security? Read further to find out one of the best ways to achieve beautiful things in your life and become an active agent of positive changes through strengthening your inner power.

Life is made of challenges. This is the reason why many people find it difficult. In fact, challenges are not made to handicap the attainment of our goals. Instead, they are the source of knowledge and experience. When we have a lot of experience in life, we become wise, and this wisdom helps us in many ways. Through challenges we learn new things, because life is a kind of school, where we never finish learning. In order to be patient and cope with everyday challenges, there is a very important key that is universal and could allow people to open the doors of happiness, prosperity and good life.

 Relationship between inner power and inner peace

Inner power is what we need to be confident and positive in everyday situations. Inner power is also referred to as inner peace. With inner power we find life easy and joyful because it helps to have the right perception of things in the world. Our perception becomes more clear, and we easily understand why and how certain number of situations need to happen in our life. Most of the time, things happen for good reasons. However, we fail to understand that just because we are in lack of inner power. When life presents a certain challenge, we often perceive it in a bad way with bad ideas leading to bad feelings and bad actions. Sometimes, it is after many years that we can understand the reason why we had to undergo the given challenge.

Ability to manage the thoughts

Inner power is therefore needed in order to be more positive and to learn to rely on our life. Inner power enables us to sharpen our views, to see life as it comes and practice letting go of bad experiences. Besides with inner power, we always know what is good or bad for us and can easily choose the best way to take. People who connect with their inner power are the most productive men and women in the world. Even when they are facing troubles, they always find a way out to keep on moving towards the achievement of their goals. The stability of our life also depends on how we manage our thoughts. Since everything starts with an idea, there is the need to control our thoughts or at least to have a full management of our emotions and feelings since our thinking process affects our life.

Meditation to build strong inner power

Moreover, good mental status impacts positively our life. It is the reason why we have to train our mentality through constant meditation. Mediation is the practice that helps us still the mind and paves the way to a strong inner power. When the mind is still, focused and peaceful, we find the inner power that we need in order to have a happy personal and professional life. You may consider joining Peace Revolution to know how to build your inner power through a practice of mindfulness and meditation.

 

De-Stress And Self-Express Through Colouring Books

In the past few years, colouring books have become a popular trend, and many people are surely buying them and sharing them as gifts. In this article, we will explore how colouring can be beneficial to your mind and what makes it so popular.

Like meditation

When we do anything with our hands, the attention moves from thoughts to actions, and we concentrate on what we do, letting go of toxic thoughts. This is why handicrafts, knitting, painting and other related activities are so stress relieving. It can also be related to sports, when the whole body is engaged and the attention is moved from the thinking mind to the actions of the body in the present moment.

Reducing anxiety

Anxiety can be caused by many reasons, and one of them is negative thoughts. The good news is that we can only think one thought at a time, and when we switch from negative thoughts to the thoughts of “which colour do I choose? Where do I colour now?” we tend to cool down and relax, and disconnect from our worries.

Pleasurable activity

Since the outcome of colouring is easily predictable and it is difficult to mess up while colouring, it becomes an easy and pleasurable activity, and relaxes the brain. We do not need to worry, we just need to be fully present and flow.

Reconnecting with your inner child

When we think of childhood, we often have good memories of safe and secure environment. The truth is, in childhood we received most of the conditioning  that our mind lives off right now, and no matter useful or not, one can work on his/her conditioning. Going back to your inner child, nurturing your inner child and allowing yourself to play is a healthy practice that will also take good care of the adult in you.

Martina from Slovakia has one of such colouring books and this is what she says about them: “Anytime I come back home, it is there, so I can colour something and it is connected to my comfort zone and precious self space. Once we had a colouring session together with my friends, it actually took the whole weekend and it was pretty relaxing. Did you know that there is even colouring app for your phone? It helps with concentration.”

“I don’t consider the colouring books as art therapy; I consider the colouring books therapeutic, which is not the same thing.” says Drena Fagen, an art therapist.

Photo credits: Google Pictures

There have been studies that show that it is more beneficial for people to create their own artwork rather than colour inside the designs that someone else has created. It indeed sounds more reasonable to unfold your own creativity and allow yourself to be a creative being. When you are too afraid to make the first step, I believe colouring a postcard or colouring a book can be useful too.

Have you ever engaged in this activity? Do you have colouring books at home? We are happy if you share with us in comments.

10 Uncomfortable Things You Should Do to Feel Your Inner Strength

How do you find inner strength? Do you just sit down when you’re stressed, close your eyes and find it? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work quite that easily.

Meditation is a long journey. It’s not all that comfortable as it seemed before we tried it. At first, you’ll be dealing with the monkey mind. It won’t like being still. Your body will be giving you troubles, too. As you start getting more comfortable in the position, you’ll encounter another challenge: the things you’ve hidden deep inside. They will start coming out on surface. We know we need to do this. In order to grow, we need to deal with all things we refused dealing with. Meditation makes us stronger, but it requires strength, too.

Without strength, you lack self-confidence. You don’t believe things are getting any better. You don’t believe you’re strong enough to make a change.

We’ll reach that peaceful place, eventually. If we keep putting in the effort, the results will come. The journey to that place, however, is long and bumpy. You won’t be comfortable on that road. Inner peace doesn’t come for granted. You know what? That’s the beauty of it.

When you’re ready to work for it, you should start building up on your inner strength. We’ll list 10 uncomfortable things you should do to get there.

1. Clarify the Worst-Case Scenario

You don’t like your job, but you can’t find the strength to quit? What’s the worst thing that could happen? That’s an uncomfortable vision to have, is it? Have you heard of the term affective forecasting? It’s about predicting how you’ll feel in the future. Your present feelings prevent you from imagining how bad something will feel when things go wrong.

Okay, so imagine that worst scenario that would occur if you made a step forward. Chances are, the step will still move you forward, and that’s always a better position than staying in place.

2. Accept a Challenge

The comfort zone feels oh-so-good, but it’s not a good place to stay in. Why? Because it prevents us from growing. Without growth, life doesn’t really make sense.

Do something you’re not used to. Try new tastes. Meet new people. Travel to a random place you know nothing about… You’ll become stronger just by stepping out of that comfort zone. You’ll prove to yourself that you were meant for big things.

3. Try Harder

You’re trying to accomplish something and things are not going as well as expected? In such situations, most of us are usually looking for an easy way out. What does a student do when they can’t complete a research paper? Outsourcing is a good thing when it helps you get better results, but you still have to do your part of the effort.

When you feel like you’ve tried and you’re still not strong enough, then try harder.

4. Do a Headstand

The journey to a headstand is not pleasant. You’ll have to beat the fear, which we naturally feel when someone tell us to get upside down. When you get into this position, however, you’ll realize you can do things you never thought you were capable of doing. You’re stronger than you thought.

5. Meditate Every Day

Meditate. For at least half an hour, every day. You can do it. You have time. Who doesn’t have 30 minutes for themselves? If you really don’t have that time, then it means you need meditation more than anyone. Make the time!

The seated position will be uncomfortable at first. Your mind will wander around. You won’t be able to control it. If this is your first time trying to meditate, you might start thinking: “This is not for me.” It is. Meditation is for everyone. You just need to be persistent, so you’ll allow the practice to make you stronger.

6. Remember the Times When You Were Strong

Life is an amplitude. We rise and fall, but we rise again. When we’re at the bottom, thinking of the moments when we were going strong is like a torture. It reminds us of the failure. Don’t have that attitude towards your own success. It should remind you that you’re strong. You’re still that person. You can find your strength again.

7. Just Do It

Are you overthinking things? That’s a mistake, which gets you settled in the comfort zone of doing nothing. Prove your self-confidence to yourself by taking action. Do not procrastinate. Do not overthink. Just do something to get out of the momentary situation that doesn’t make you happy.

8. Don’t Fall into Distractions

Let’s have some time off social media, shall we? Unless you absolutely need them for your work, start spending less time on these platforms. Try spending an entire week without them. You’ll realize you have time for exercise, meditation, and making plans. When you’re not distracted, you find time for things that make you stronger.

9. Stay Optimistic

This must be the hardest thing ever. The essence of being confident is believing that everything will be fine. It’s easier said than done. However, the more you keep trying, optimism becomes a habit. When you believe you deserve good things, the inner strength will come.

10. Live According to Your Values

That’s what really matters. When you’re making decisions, ask yourself: do you believe in what you’re doing? If it’s the right thing, nothing should stop you from doing it. Define your values and they will give you strength.

It’s important for all of us to keep working on our self-confidence and inner strength. It’s a never ending process, but you’ll see progress all the time. Just stay committed to your journey.

 

 

How Changing Meditation Place Can Affect Your Experience?

Every day I wake up in the morning, I realise how blessed I am to be alive and healthy. After I have sent my prayer, the second thing that I look forward to is meditation. It highly helps me get through the day without over-reacting to any situation that can tamper me in any way.

I normally practice meditation twice a day for 1 hour: 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins in the evening before I sleep.

I have always been practising meditation in my room, and it is a place where I feel more relaxed and comfortable, but I soon realised that sometimes I get distractions during meditation as I’ve always been doing it at the same place.

After I attended Peace Revolution Amandla Eastern & Southern Africa Fellowship in Nairobi this early August,  I experienced something quite new which was to meditate in different places. Especially when we meditated outside the room, we got close to the nature itself.

When meditating in the nature, I felt from my experience that it was very easy to connect to the centre and channel my thoughts to focus on meditation. When my mind started to wander, I immediately returned it to the centre.

It was an amazing feeling meditating close to the nature with fresh air and sunlight touching my skin. I realised that changing meditation place can also help improve meditation experience, and hence one can easily connect to the centre and avoid distractions if any arise.

Why don’t you try out the new experience today? Try meditation in a new place once in a while to enjoy that good, pleasant feeling.

How Meditation Gave Me A Meaning

It was more than three years ago that I discovered meditation. I still remember the doubt in my mind as I sat down to meditate for the first time: why am I doing this? I could be doing all those hundreds of things on my “to do” list. But I am just sitting here, in the middle of the room, with my eyes closed, doing nothing. The only thing that motivated me back then was the Peace Revolution Fellowship in Thailand that I would attend after completing 42 days of self-development program. So I did it. After coming back from the Fellowship, it turned out to be the most life-changing experience ever – now I wouldn’t skip a day without meditation.

Paradise Island

Imagine yourself on a beautiful paradise island. You are watching the sunrise while doing yoga, eating delicious Thai food, meditating four times a day with around 30 people from all over the world, interacting with Teaching Monks and learning from their wisdom, doing different activities throughout the day that help you be mindful and see goodness in others and yourself, start noticing your habits and realize how lucky you are to be alive. You are not allowed to use electronic devices and internet, but you don’t need them, and it makes your mind feel fresh and free. You follow the discipline and wake up at 5 am for the early morning meditation, and you find it exciting and doable.

We don’t usually have these experiences in our daily life, do we? We are busy with our work, studies, personal life; we often think that we need to achieve more, earn more and possess more to be happy. But is that true? Can external things make us happy? For how long? The Fellowship in Thailand was about leaving all the desire, greed and ego behind. In fact, it was not about learning something new. The designed program, the discipline, the opportunity to be disconnected from all the worries and problems back home was all about returning to oneself: pure, happy and free.

Lost in India

Before the Fellowship, it was already some time that I felt lost in life. Despite having a good education with a great background in journalism and abundant project experience from all over the world, I felt that there was something more than that. I certainly knew that my life was not about going to an office and doing a job that I didn’t actually like or following the patterns of society and starting a family at a certain age. Therefore, having finished all my assignments in Europe, I went to India, the country that I loved and where I had worked as an English teacher before. I wanted India to somehow show me the direction, perhaps give a job that I would enjoy, find a place where I would stay and solve my problems. I was disappointed to find out that nothing was falling in my hands as I had expected. I struggled to find a place where to stay (moving from one place to another almost every day), my money was running out, no jobs came to me just like that, and my knee started to pain reminding me of an old injury that I had not fully fixed back home. With a desire to become a published writer, I realized that this would not bring me any income leading me into more uncertainty and worries about my future, about what I wanted to do in my life. When looking back at those days, I am grateful that it was exactly this moment that I joined the Peace Revolution Fellowship in Thailand and started a journey to my true self.

Finding oneself

One may wonder: why is it necessary to find ourselves? What is there to discover, when we already have a family, job, personal life, hobbies that we enjoy. At some extent we know who we are. But is it our true self? Do the labels that we wear define us? Are they permanent? We never know when we are going to lose our job, end our relationship, change our status in society or on the contrary – get a new job, start a new relationship or move to another country; we want it or not, everything in this world is changing, and nothing is forever. This is why the external factors that happen to us, the roles that we play and the labels that we wear, even the thoughts that we have, – they do not define who we truly are. Life keeps on changing all the time, so the quest for the true self and for more purity is never-ending. This is why meditation for me is this amazing tool that helps to stay aware, that allows to stop and observe, that connects me to my personal space, my inner salvage where to return and where the truth lies. Once this happens and I have meditated, it is easier then to stay mindful about every passing situation and make sure that I act in the best possible way at each given moment of my life.

Sharing with others

It doesn’t mean that after the Fellowship, my problems got solved. I would still have my busy “to do” list, and I would still sometimes feel lost searching for answers. What has changed is the way I look at life and the way I do those things on my “to do” list. With meditation, I give more meaning to everything I do, I let go things that I cannot change and I approach problems with a positive, solution-oriented attitude. And though it is not always easy to remember it amidst daily responsibilities and busy routine, I know that at the end of the day there is something to return to, something that matters the most before everything else shall happen – meditation and my inner peace. 

After completing the Fellowship in Thailand, I joined the Peace Revolution project as a Peace Coach and later became a meditation and mindfulness trainer (Peace Architect). Now as I sit down to meditate, I feel a totally different motivation. I want to take care of my mind. Moreover, meditation has become my mission: I want to share it with everyone wherever I go.

Peace Revolution Fellowship 13 participants on the deck before boarding a boat to the Mooktawan island.

Unlock Your Creative Potential Through Meditation

creative meditation

Being a musician and a guitar player, I’ve found that even creative minds often hit a point in their life where their seemingly endless fountain of ideas runs dry. This is often experienced in the form of a writer’s block or even procrastination. Getting your creative juices flowing once again can often be difficult and time-consuming. Could meditation be the cure we’re looking for?

Everyone has their own theory about what it takes to get back on the creative wagon. Because everyone is different, no scientific study can apply to every single creative mind, but a 2012 study (completed by Lorenza Colzato) discovered the relationship between the benefits of meditation and creativity.

If you’re looking for a way to cultivate your creativity, you may want to apply meditation to this purpose. We already know how meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and increase overall health and quality of life. But how effective is it in promoting creative endeavours?

Monitoring your thoughts

Lorenza Colzato’s research and experiments focused on two forms of meditation and the way they impact creativity in a variety of test subjects. These two types of meditation were “fixed attention” and “open monitoring” meditation.

“Fixed attention” meditation typically deals with the subject’s focus on one particular object or one particular action such as the breath. The second form of meditation, “Open monitoring,” refers to the person meditating being able to take note of their thoughts. In a nutshell, they can realize what thoughts make them happy or sad or any other feeling in their range of emotions.

This does not mean that you have to be constantly thinking about how every little thing makes you feel. It just means being more mindful of your interactions and reactions to the world around you.

What Colzato’s research determined was that open monitoring meditation was extremely effective in promoting what is known as divergent thinking. “Divergent thinking” is often very closely associated with creativity thus linking the meditation style with increased creativity overall.

Characteristics that influence creativity

The second study on this topic was carried out by University of Amsterdam faculty and psychological scientist Matthijs Baas. Baas hoped that his research would better define what characteristics of a person could influence creativity and whether they could be learned or taught. His study was comprised of four smaller studies that were seeking to explore four characteristics of people and how they related to creativity.

These four characteristics included observation skills, acting with awareness, and acceptance without judgement. Each one of these traits were isolated and then tested against the subject’s creativity. From this analysis, some interesting conclusions could be drawn.

Only one quality showed an overwhelming correlation with creativity. Matthijs and his team found that people with an acute sense of observation were also much more likely to have a powerful imagination and a high level of creative ability. The team of scientists surmised that the ability to notice specific details of an object allowed them to create things in their mind with equal or greater detail.

These two studies offer a great deal of practical application of their respective findings. In the case of Colzato’s experiments, we learned that open monitoring meditation can be practiced to bolster our creative juices. As we become more aware of the world around us, and the way certain interactions make us feel and respond, we will also see a boost in our creativity.

Observation can be learned

Although acute observation skills come much more naturally to some than others, it is something that can be learned. Some employers provide their employees with workshops aimed at increasing their observation skills.

Even if your employer doesn’t offer this kind of an opportunity, there are a plethora of online resources for you to utilize and increase your overall creativity. Whether you are a professional in a creative field or even just an artistic hobbyist, practicing mindfulness and a variety of other studied techniques are sure to set you on the right path.

No matter what kind of tricks you may have for avoiding writer’s block or other creative obstructions, there may come a time when you feel that you’ve lost your spark. But if you adopt the practices mentioned in this article, you may transcend these conceptual limitations.

If you want to read more about meditation and creativity, feel free to visit my website.

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How Suzane Learnt To Meditate And Met New Friends

When the sun kisses me through the window, I open my eyes and practise yoga. After yoga I relax and meditate on my yoga mat. Brushing my teeth, making my bed, showering and having fruit for breakfast – these are the morning rituals that make me feel balanced and in touch with myself and help me get ready for work.

When I sit at my computer, the first thing I usually do is open the coaching program of the online self development program. One day I heard from someone in Thailand that it is the best to start your day with giving. Then the Universe will give to you. This is why many Thai people start their day offering alms to the monks. I start my day offering support and comments to the people I coach online. I share my meditation experience, my honest opinions and my life with them, and this is how I have found many people from different countries.

Suzane from Tanzania is one of my international online friends. We have never met in person, but I feel like we have been best friends for the past two months. Suzane has finished her online program about a month ago, but we are still in touch, I have introduced her to my friend Gofrey who is also in Arusha (Tanzania), and we chat about life and her exams.

Today I asked Suzane some questions about her experience with the online program and we are happy to share her answers with you.

How did you find out about the online self-development program?

There was an announcement on a website about opportunities for Africans about the Amandla fellowship. To take part one had to start the online self-development program, and this is how I got enrolled.

How was your experience having an online coach?

It was an absolutely great experience in general and I learnt a lot from both of my coaches, Dennis and Katie. I felt as if all the entries I made were reviewed and they made me feel like they take time to read and I sincerely appreciate them for giving me their time of the day and all their attention.

What was special about the program and what did you learn?

The most special thing I learnt throughout the program was meditation. I learnt that through meditation one can control his or her thoughts and can channel positivity throughout the day, hence what we feed the mind with is what the mind produces. If you wake up with meditation, your mind not only relaxes it also calms down in general and if you channel it to think of positivity then in production of the mind it will be positive throughout the day.  I feel that what I got from the program I can’t get it anywhere and the skills I learn, will help me change the world and make it a better place. The 5 acts of self discipline were a life changing experience for me hence; they made me have a full control over my actions and myself.

If you too want to learn meditation online, join us for the online self development program or for weekly Moonfest meditation on Facebook. 

Plan Your Happiness

Do you think it is possible to plan your happiness? Let’s see.

There are some things we can do to make sure we are as happy as possible. This is mostly about our self development, inner work and attitudes. There are also some things out of our control – such as natural disasters, actions of people around us, and to a certain degree – political and social situation. This is mostly about outer things. If we assume that we cannot change outer circumstances, but we are in charge of our inner harmony and peace, we can start a totally new path.

On our path of self love and self acceptance, we do not concentrate on blame, shame, guilt and judgements anymore. Yes, I was born into this family where I was taught bad habits, yes, I live in a country where everyone is drinking, but I cannot do too about it if I start complaining. Instead, I will become in charge of my actions through my words and thoughts. I will change my habits through changing my behaviours and emotions, and I will be in charge of my own happiness to the degree to which it is possible.

So, how exactly do we plan happiness?

1. Make a powerful intention

If you want a new incredible lifestyle, you will have to do things you have never done before. This may be tough, and your habits and lack of motivation may start dragging you back into your old daily routine.

A possible intention may be:

  •  I will meditate every morning.
  • I will practice yoga every morning.
  • I will do a good deed – something for a person who could not do this to themselves – every day.
  • I will smile to those who frown in the streets.
  • I will hug ten friends daily.

Your intention can be about anything, but make sure you believe in what you do and you know it will make you happier. Once the intention is made, never question it again. At least for a year.

2. Choose your power-word that will support you every day. What is it that you need from life the most at the moment? Here is a list of example power-words, or you may choose your own too.

Live. Focus. Health. Purpose. Compassion. Stability. Kindness. Celebration. Confidence. Peace. Mindfulness. Change. Positive. Grace. Consistency. Commitment. Hope. Trust. Courage. Presence. Patience. Meditation. Believe. Be. Freedom. Healing. Self-love. Extraordinary. Action. Routine. Adventure. Integrity. Positivity. Fearless. Work. Growth. Discipline. Listen. Balance. Intention. School. Original. Magic. Harmony. Dedication. Dream. Giving. Calm. Awaken. Faith. Joyful. Equanimity. Accomplish. Gentleman. Partnership. Effort. Persistence. Communication. Alive. Inspire. Passion. Ritual. Learn. Acceptance. Actualize. Playfulness. Aware. Union. Flow. Respect. Intention. Frugal. Social. Wellbeing. Tend. Risk. Travel. Productivity. Complete. Friends. Control. Strength. Fruition. Congruence. Impact. Determined. Resilience. Explore. Art. Bravery.

3. Make a list of activities that make you happy

For someone it may be skiing, for another – it is writing. Once you have written your list, plan to do at least one of these activities regularly and at least one exciting activity each month.

While writing this article I have drafted my Happiness boost year plan and I share it as an example.

To do regularly: find time for writing every week

To do monthly:

July – ride a water zorb

August – ride a hot air balloon

September – go to a meditation retreat

October – practice yoga every day

November – learn how to make chocolate

December – study a new language

Remember – no matter what you do, even the smallest things – everything you read, hear, see, smell and taste – remain in your subconscious memory. Everything you encounter in your daily life constitutes who you are, and it is good to make such resolutions to empower yourself.

Remember – when you make an intention, may it be strong and full of inner responsibility. It is you in charge of your life, and with your power of choice you can always always make it better.

FLEX Alumni Meditate Together

When we met in Global Peace on the Move 19 in Thailand in August 2017, we thought it was not a coincidence that we were three FLEX alumni in a group of 30 people from all over the world, and wanted to share with our alumni friends that meditation may be something they may like. This is how this article came about. Sardor, Irina and Katia took a photo together to promote meditation for FLEX alumni.

FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program) was established for the post Soviet countries and sponsored by the US Department of State to support young leaders to study in American high school for a year. During this year, young people from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia learn about community service and leadership bringing the good skills back home to develop their communities.

WPI organises many events such as regional and international fellowships for young activists and peace builders. In many of those events we find things in common between meditators. When participants start talking to each other, many of them find out that they have taken part in some sort of US exchange program. In Bridge Peace Fellowship 2017 we gathered 5 of these alumni.

from top to bottom – Aylar Mammetmyradova, Saikal Muratbek Kyzy, Alina Abdisheva, Sardor Shaahmedov and  Kateryna Kulyk

Alina from Kazakhstan shares her feedback from the Bridge Fellowship 2017. “Bridge Fellowship helped me understand the usefulness of meditation. After the given retreat many magical coincidences happened with me in Georgia maybe because of the cultivation of inner peace and happiness 🙂 Also I made so many long lasting friends. Organisers made a great job, thank you all! I will highly recommend Bridge Fellowship to my friends!”

It is possible that Kateryna Kulyk, regional coordinator of WPI for Europe and Central Asia, as a FLEX Alumni, attracts other alumni into the circle. Another version is – FLEX alumni are open minded and curious and therefore pioneer in combining meditation and peace building into their countries.

Meditation is a new trendy practice, yet it does bring you a lot of concentration abilities and peace. It helps relax and be more efficient at work. It basically teaches you how to work hard and play hard, but remain relaxed all the time.

If you would like to learn meditation, but not sure where to start, you may consider joining Peace Revolution free online self development program . There you will have a Peace Coach, a person whom you can ask any questions and who will support you throughout the life changing 42 days.

See you online? Or maybe at a workshop with FLEX community somewhere around the world?