Find Your Inner Zen in the Deserts of Near Scottsdale, AZ

There is so much beauty to behold in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can go rock climbing on the Boulders or whitewater rafting on the Upper Salt River. There are also plenty of resorts near Scottsdale that offer amenities such as dining, entertainment, shopping, and more. There’s so much to do that it can be hard to find your Inner Zen while on vacation.

Finding your Zen means to slow down completely. It’s an incredibly restful and healthy goal for your body and spirit. When you’re traveling, it’s especially hard to do. All the rushing and constant activity can make it impossible to feel grounded. Are there moments when you can slow down and take a few deep breaths? Discover how to find that Zen as you navigate through your day. Here are some ways to find stillness amidst a chaotic vacation.

Just Close Your Eyes

If you’re stressed out from traveling, just stop and close your eyes for a few seconds. It’s one of the simplest techniques for finding your Zen in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anytime you need, you can close your eyes and turn your focus inwards. Whenever you do this, you are looking into yourself, and that’s the first and most important step to becoming grounded. Make time for this simple technique several times throughout the day, especially when you’re busy.

Count to 10

Whenever you’re faced with a stressful situation, just stop and count to 10. You can incorporate this technique into almost any situation by just closing your eyes. It’s a technique that works for children and still works for adults. Adding deep breathes can help your mind slow down.

Take Deep Breaths

Speaking of… Don’t forget to find your breath. It’s easy to go, go, go when you’re traveling throughout the day. Don’t move so much that you take breathing for granted. Find moments in your day when you can focus on taking a few deep breaths. Inhale from the bottom of your belly to the top of your chest.

Allow yourself to completely let go in the moment. Don’t forget to exhale from your nose, from top to bottom. Repeat a word or your favorite mantra while taking deep breaths. Practicing deep breathing with a mantra can help shift your focus back to the present moment. It can slow down your heart rate and make you feel peaceful and calming.

Laugh or Do Something Silly

Your vacation to Scottsdale, Arizona shouldn’t be focused on finding your Zen. Make time for light-hearted and fun activities. Zen doesn’t just happen when you’re relaxed. It also happens when you’re laughing and having a great time.

As you get older, you do fewer silly things and you forget to laugh or smile every so often. Laughing is great medicine as it has a positive effect on your health and well-being. Go to a comedy act or a concert that will put you in a good mood. This will help you find your Zen on vacation.

Walk Instead of Drive

When was the last time that you took a walk? Did you tend to grab your car keys or bicycle instead? Every morning, take the time to go for a walk around the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. This is a great way to check out the scenery and reconnect with yourself.

In addition to calming you down, you’re stimulating your heart and removing the stress that comes with driving in traffic. Getting some exercise every day is good for your heart and your lungs. So choose to walk instead of taking the bus or taxi. When you choose to walk, you get to enjoy all that Scottsdale has to offer.

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Know Your Core Values To Change Your Actions

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your core values are.” Roy Disney

The content of our mind is shaped by our values, and all actions are a reflection of how we perceive our world. Priorities and reactions in life are determined by what we value.

Regardless of whether we acknowledge our values or not, they are there, and they do influence every decision and action that we take in life.

One of the clearest and easier-to-relate-to value system that I encountered and that continues inspiring me is The Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz.

  1. Be Impeccable with your Word

    Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

    Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.   

  3. Don’t Make Assumptions

    Find the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.   

  4. Always Do Your Best

    Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to feeling sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

We feel content and happy when our actions are aligned with our core values, we experience a life that is good.

Continue your deeper search for meaning here.

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How to develop new skills through meditation?

Meditation is still a taboo in some cultures of the world. Even in the circle of people who meditate today, many do not yet know how meditation can actually help them. In this article, I share some of my experiences after 5 years of meditation practice while explaining how to develop new skills through meditation.

I was a very nervous person

It was in 2015 when I longed to succeed without knowing how. At the time, a friend spoke to me about meditation as a tool for relaxation, self-control and self-confidence. The second argument convinced me because I was a very nervous person who did not know how to control his anger. Although I was often right, my anger played a lot against me in many situations. Very often, rather than being the one who is right, I found myself as the one to be blamed by everyone. I lost opportunities, I lost people who are dear to my heart, because of my inability to control my anger.

If you are in such a situation, I invite you to join PEACE REVOLUTION, because it is on this platform that I had the chance to begin my practice of meditation. I am today far from the best version of myself, but I can reassure you that many things have changed in my life both personally and professionally since I began to meditate.

Beyond our limits

In 2015, I only had the intellectual capacity to teach and animate radio programs. So, I was a teacher and a journalist. One might wonder about the relationship between skills and meditation. Yet, one of the things that meditation helps us develop is self-confidence. With such a weapon, we are able to make the impossible possible. Self-confidence pushes us beyond conventions to help us discover our innate talents. It is because our mind is not peaceful and quiet that we cannot see beyond our limits. Indeed, all the answers to the different questions that we ask are already within us, and it is in this that meditation helps us develop new habits, formerly beyond our reach.

From TV host to Digital Strategist

I would like to start from the premise that I was a teacher and a journalist in 2015, without any other classical training and without any other aptitude. After only 2 years of meditation practice, I found myself in a professional world completely different from what I have always been. First of all, I found myself as a TV host, then I had the ability to manage community projects and recently I have become a digital strategist. I have also quickly and easily learned to develop new skills such as Web Marketing and Personal Branding. I excel in graphic and video editing, as well as in the creation of websites. Things formerly beyond my reach have become possible today. But how?

Becoming a Master of My Life

Mediation is a mental exercise that helps us find the calm of our mind in order to seize all its resources. Human beings cannot succeed or prosper because many things prevent them. We run after things of this world forgetting to take care of our spirit. The mind is the engine that makes everything start in our life and its potential is infinite. When we have the chance to access this potential, everything becomes possible and nothing is impossible. Meditation is therefore the tool that allows us to take control of our mind and become a master of our life. If you want to learn to meditate, you can start your own experience by registering for free with the Self-Development Program (SDP) available online on the PEACE REVOLUTION website.

What is that mountain standing between you and your goal?

I never really knew the power of perseverance until I read the story of a great hero named Dashrath Manjhi or the “Mountain Man” as he has been nicknamed. It is the story of an old man, a labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a 110 m long, 9.1 m wide and 7.6 m deep path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel after his wife died due to the interference of that mountain. The story made me see how I have applied perseverance in my life and what tools help me sustain it.

While bringing food to her husband

In fact, Dashrath worked at the other side of the mountain where all the basic services such as schools, hospitals and others were located. There was a road around the mountain that connected the village to the other side of the mountain and it took a long time to reach the other side using that road. So, there was a shortcut to reach the other side by climbing the mountain. That’s what Dashrath’s wife decided to do on that unfortunate day when she was bringing food to her husband. While climbing the mountain, she fell down and got severely injured. Before they could take her to the hospital, which was far away from the village on the other side of the mountain, she succumbed.

Dashrath was so much touched by the accident that he vowed to do everything in his power to prevent this ever happen again to anyone in the village. He spent 22 years working every day to carve a way through the mountain. Dashrath’s perseverance inspired me so much that I spent few days reflecting on the whole story not believing how a single man could work for 22 years to create a path through a mountain!

Perseverance as a weapon

Based on Dashrath’s story I wanted to figure out how I have made use of perseverance in my life. I must confess that prior to this, I did not truly know the importance of perseverance in attaining success. However, the irony is that I’ve been using this skill for many years without even realizing, and it has helped me succeed in a variety of things. In other words, I have unknowingly been carving my way through the mountain of life using perseverance as my weapon.

To me, perseverance is the ability to try something over and over again until we get the result we want. When I got accepted into the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF) in 2017, I had to apply 3 times before finally being selected. The fellowship was the goal that I wanted to attain, and between myself and that goal was the mountain through which I had to carve my way in order to reach it.

The first time I applied for the fellowship was like I used my materials (hammer and chisels) to remove a part of the mountain. By doing so, I got a bit closer to my goal. As I was not selected that first time, I did not panic bearing in mind that every failure takes me closer to the goal since it removes a part of the mountain, making it thinner and thinner. I was still not selected the second time I applied for it and again I was confident that I was getting closer and closer to my goal as the mountain between us became thinner and thinner. The third time I was able to carve completely the way through the mountain and finally made it to the fellowship. This example gave me a clear understanding of how I have used perseverance in my life.

Tool to maintain focus

You may wonder, how to remain focused and keep carving the way until the goal is reached, especially when the going is tough. Focus is certainly important when harnessing the power of perseverance. It helps maintain your eyes on the goal and avoid the diversion. If you happen to lose your focus on the way I guarantee you will soon get tired. What to do then? Fortunately, Ī’ve been lucky to use a powerful tool that has helped me and still helps me maintain my focus, and that tool is meditation.

The essence of meditation is focus because the former is founded on the latter. Meditation is the ability to find the balance between concentration and relaxation, and in finding that balance one needs to be focused on one thing at a time until stillness of the mind, which is the ultimate goal of meditation, is achieved. Hence, the practice of meditation is the best tool that can help achieve the focus required to keep up the perseverance until the goal is reached.

What is that mountain standing between you and your goal? Be sure, you can carve your way through it using the power of perseverance. Want to try it right now? Join Peace Revolution self-development program, and you will learn tools how to carve your way through the mountains of life and attain your goals by maintaining your focus on a single task.

Experiencing Positive Through the Negative

Like peanut butter and dark chocolate, Jersey and traffic are as common a pairing. Hardly as delicious as the former, the latter sometimes lends itself to getting one’s creative gears going. With the right song and head-space, you can easily find yourself at your destination before you know it!

One song that was recently on the radio was “Every Storm” by Gary Allan. I hadn’t heard it in a while, but had liked it enough before to have downloaded the single years ago. As I listened to it after a while, it got me thinking about the negatives we all sustain in our lives, and how we get through them.

From there, I began to think about negatives from the past, in the present, and those that may occur in the future. However, it wasn’t so much with a depressed viewing, contrary as that sounds; but with an understanding of the positives that can come from each time frame.

Negatives From the Past

As you get old enough, it becomes easier to pinpoint some negative examples from your life as you gain experience. Losing a relative is a common one, and if it’s someone you’re especially close with, a jarring one for sure. You were probably experiencing a lot of bad emotions and devastation during that time, and found it hard to concentrate on much else.

“Every storm runs, runs out of rain” is the beginning of the chorus in the song. Now as hard as the above example was, there does seem to be some truth to that? This, of course, depends on the person and situation, but looking back on those past examples, how do you feel now? Sure, sad, depressed and/or longing could easily describe those emotions; but you’re here, now, after sustaining those negatives. The pain isn’t as raw if you’re far enough removed, and you’re literally experiencing the clear skies from that dark time.

Negatives From the Present

Most people can at least name one, if not multiple, and the hope is –  it’s not that serious and/or common. But as you’re wading through the muck of those examples, is there someone at your side helping you through it? If not, are you finding that you’re able to fight through it on your own? Is it moving you to make better decisions, and/or course correct where need be? If you answer “no” to any of that, consider what the positives behind changing your thinking could do for your present state.

However, if you answer “yes” to any of those questions, then you should hopefully find some positivity through that as well. For example, if you can’t get traction with an artistic endeavour, the hope is you still have people around you to encourage you to keep going. If they’re few and far between, then let the light of your creativity keep burning, if for no other reason than the love of your art. The point is to appreciate the positives behind those at your side that keep you motivated, and or your personal determination to see your project through.

Negatives From the Future

Well, no one wants to think about this but let’s be honest, we all do. Again the variety of ways negatives could manifest in your future are many. I won’t even use one as an example because especially as a positive thinker, I’d be going against the type to really delve into that head-space.

But, don’t mistake positive for naïve, as, trust me, quite a few do! None of us are going to get to the finish line without sweating, an untied shoelace, and/or a shin splint or two. And if that sounds negative that’s because it is; but it also allows you to appreciate the abundance in your life now. If that’s lacking, then changing your outlook and energy could not only benefit you today, but every tomorrow that you’ll have for the rest of your life.

In The End

If nothing else, this should focus your determination to never let the negative win out. You survived your past examples, scarred but still standing. Your present negative status may be bogging you down, but you can and will get through it if you focus enough on the positive energy within you. And the future may yet be explored, but you can prepare for any eventuality as best you can by knowing that the negative will never be permanent… Because it doesn’t have to be.

“So hold your head up and tell yourself that there’s something more, and walk out that door.” That’s another line from the song, and very much represents the theme of this entire article. Have you been able to take the positive from the negative at any time in your life? As wide ranging as they can be and/or potentially devastating, focusing on the best will help you get through the worst.

And whether that door from the song is physical or not, use the negative to learn from, and to leave past and excel. Because the past is gone, present is all around us, and future is yet to be.

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3 Keys to Build Happy and Sustainable Relationships

Relationships either build or break people’s lives. It is important to note that life without our family, friends and surroundings can be incomplete. How to relate to people and surroundings in a way that makes us happy and keep the world a better place? Here are 3 keys on improving relationships around us.

1. Giving attracts receiving

Sustainable relationships are rooted more on giving than receiving. In a world that has become so fast and competitive, relationships with family, friends and spouse have often crumbled during their infancy. Also, our relationships with the environment can often be aggressive doing harm to the nature, animals and man-made infrastructure. This is a cause of everyone looking for something to gain from the next person or the environment, thereby hurting others in the process. To live happily, we must consider that giving attracts receiving. If we invest in giving, we can motivate others to give back and thereby develop a cycle of reciprocity resulting in sustainable relationships.

2. Take time to listen

Sustainable relationships are further realized through good listening skills. Hence, communication is one of the vanguards. Mindful people take time to listen to others before they judge, respond, or act upon those around them. This means that for one to sustain a relationship, they should be patient enough to give the opportunity to others to express themselves, to listen not to respond but understand other’s position, idea or a way of thinking. Communication thus is one of the vital cogs in keeping relationships going and building trust with our family, friends, workmates and all those whom we relate with in our personal and social life.

3. Approach differences without destroying similarities

Relationships are either broken or sustained by the way we handle conflicts. One sad reality is that conflict is inevitable but what is important is how we react and approach differences in a manner that does not destroy the similarities or things that bind people together. Conflict is one of the common features in human life, and at one point, the absence of peace is bound to visit everyone of us.

There can be conflicts in one’s thoughts, conflicts between two or more people, and a conflict between us and the environment. The key here is to first accept that conflict is inevitable. When one has accepted that conflict exists, he or she will be prudent to first relax, clear our mind and then self-reflect. Hereby, one’s ability to create a relationship with themselves is the first step towards solving any conflict and sustaining relationships with others and the environment.

In the end

Let’s consider to those whom we relate with. After all, it is thanks to them that our life is often made beautiful and memorable as we share experiences together. Want to know more about improving relationships with all? Or how to start meaningful relationships with yourself first? Check out our free 42 days self-development program!

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How Does Priority Setting Help The Mind?

Success is something we all are moving to. We all want to get to our project destination; a successful end of what we do. Regardless the size of what we manage, our daily happenings and responsibilities, we set goals to attain a successful completion of our project. In this process, priority setting cuts across all domains of life and once practised, it increases concentration and focus, the mind gets less stressed as we know what we are up to and what we expect to reach.

Many of us have more than one activity to carry out each day, some may have different deadlines to meet on daily basis. Multitasking which in most cases comes with some sort of stress can still be managed, and we can still find balance if we learn to set priorities in what we do. In these few lines, we explore how priority setting in our tasks aids our mind to feel relaxed and still while dealing with many issues at the same time.

Urgent vs important

Before we start the journey, we must know where the road leads to. We need to have our destination in mind. Next, we need to know what means we can use to get there faster and easier. Some of our tasks are urgent, some are important. The dilemma comes when balancing the value, trying to know which one will have more value if done first. Among the two equally important ones, getting to know which is complex and engaging matters. Hence, establishing a roadmap or drafting a framework of schedules are the first steps towards setting priorities. Of course, being clear on our goals helps so that we can swallow what we can chew.

Knowing what is urgent and what is important is the starting point. First, we may need to clear the one which is urgent and needs immediate attention as the rest of our activities may depend on whether that is done or not. Knowing the very important, important and non-important tasks enables us to know where to put the line and deal only with important ones. The non-important  tasks can easily be postponed and rescheduled to later times as their non-completion may not affect our project much.

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Priority among other priorities

I recently got to know that self-discipline plays a role here. When we are that person who set the goals, classify our priorities, set all kinds of execution plans, and we are that person who can’t say NO to him or herself, our set priorities may change because we need to be strict on ourselves and deny to ourselves anything that can alter our plans. However, flexibility may help only when it comes to setting priority among other priorities. In that case, one can be adaptable and flexible to choose either of them, provided they all will be done. This reduces stress because we get to know what we are doing, we become aware of the resources on our disposal to accomplish it and we are sure it will be done. No panic, no sweating under high performing air-condition, we gain control over our tasks. Our mind becomes calm, hence we can concentrate and focus much better.

Start when you go to bed

We may not need to be managers of big offices, firms, enterprises, organizations to exercise setting priorities in our life. All starts in that very moment when we go to bed. As many people say, it is the starting time of a new day. Taking your pencil and jotting down few lines of planned activities of the next day in the order we want to accomplish them often prepares us to become managers of our own life. We get to know what does not need to come on the list and what must be done by all means. Then, during the day, thriving to do what we have planned will make our mind in control, and gradually as we keep doing that, it becomes a part of us. Once we are self-made managing directors, we can see how beneficial this can be to us and those around us.

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The Power of Giving

Giving can have different motives. People tend to give out of excess, what they feel useless, or when they want to create space for new things and clean up the mess. They may also give because they feel uncomfortable keeping something. In these situations, the recipient becomes a dumping site, and no feeling of affection or love for the other is in this act. Others spend to give: they sacrifice what they wish they could keep, but they choose to let go as they feel it is for a higher purpose for both the giver and the recipient. This becomes a charitable act when giving happens unconditionally with no expectations of a future gain or receiving back the same gifts or other favours.

Do I have enough to give?

While some people give out of love, others may think they need to acquire more to be able to give. The feeling that they do not have enough to give creates hindrance in the act of giving. The complex human nature will never allow them to share as one will never have all he or she needs. In fact, there is always what to give to others – kindness or cash, time or affectionate care – as what many may need could simply be a feeling of being loved and cared for, not necessarily material stuff. In fact, giving helps the mind and inner wellness for our own self-development.

How can giving change our life?
Donating one’s earned things is one of the most regarded act of charity as we donate what has a value. It becomes help given to others with an aim to make their life conditions better. This comes in the form of cash, material stuff such as clothing and other useful items that once received will make the person relieved. We can donate time as well, a less valued asset, which is really a good gift. We can also give something very cheap, like a smile, which can transform someone’s life. A shiny face, a greeting full of kindness and affection can relieve the mind and that is what millions on earth are lacking: kind words and gentle smiles from those whom they expect the least.

You may disagree with me, but try to give money or a gift to someone with a gloomy face and see the difference. That echoes the beautiful quote from Kahlil Gibran who said: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Joy of giving

In our earlier posts, we explored how donating can help one be free from an ego mind. Yes, getting used to giving can make one’s mind free because even in many scriptures from various religious believes there is this popular saying: “There is more joy in giving than in receiving”. Shannon Perry said: “It’s worth burning myself out like a match so long as others receive the light and warmth I dispatch.” He probably meant that “others are because I am”. This is why those always in predisposition of giving are called generous: not only does this earn them a repute, they become our role models as well.

What if it’s hard to give?

In case you find hard to give, there may be so many factors in your life that have led you to this. No art can be performed to change it when there is no practice. We may start with just a little and make it a constant act to be a part of us till we feel like it is a duty for us to give out: volunteering has been one easy way to start with; it is where we offer our skills and time with no monetary value awaited. The mind will feel happy when we have managed to let others feel good from what we share with them. Would you like to try it today? Go ahead!

Life is only as good as your mindset

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

Is our mindset fixed?

Life is only as good as your mindset. The good news is that the mindset is not fixed. It can be changed and shaped so that it serves life and a higher purpose.

Through our beliefs and experience, we come to live according to some patterns. Every day we can program ourselves.

By understanding the program and the patterns of the mind, we see it is possible to achieve certain goals in life by changing one’s behaviour and mindset.

The mind is the meaning making machine

Some beliefs are mental habits based on irrational fears with no evidence to support them.

These patterns of thinking often turn into limiting beliefs. Beliefs that a person has, especially limiting ones, have an impact on the likelihood of success.

Every behaviour has value and serves the need of the rational mind to protect one from suffering.

Therefore, there is a positive intention motivating and justifying every behaviour.

Behaviours are good or bad when considered for their ability to achieve a certain result or purpose, to prevent putting oneself in a hurtful situation.

How do you know a belief is limiting? It causes you to be unable to do specific actions.

Some of the most common limiting beliefs are:

Fear of rejection, failing, not being good enough, abandonment, not being smart or beautiful, being a procrastinator, not having the skills.

Examples of thoughts that a person repeats in the mind and that lead to limiting beliefs: I am too old, I am too young, I don’t have the connections, I don’t have the support, I am not a leader, I don’t have the time, etc.

Steps to overcome limiting beliefs:

  • Gain awareness
  • Start defying limiting beliefs: identify and create experiences that prove them wrong
  • Invest in yourself
  • Heal the inner child
  • Trust your intuition
  • Find mentors
  • Dare to take risks
  • Celebrate success, no matter how big or small
  • Always use positive, encouraging inner talk

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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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