Another day and another favorite quote!
Another day and another favorite quote!
We are all different and unique. In the same way, each one of us has a talent and a unique way to express themselves and make a difference! Sometimes we tend to dwell too much on the things we have to do and not on the things that we want to do and feel like doing. But doing what we like gives the energy to do all the other things, makes us see the good in life and to enjoy it to the fullest. Not all of us have a profession that is also their hobby. But all of us can make active steps towards investing in their hobby and talents and getting the best of it. the return from it might not necessarily be financial but much more valuable- improved way of living and feeling of connection with yourself. So how about giving it a try? 🙂
Today I came across an article in Esquire magazine on the importance of being gracious:
“When wandering the world, forget your business cards. Don’t look for more contacts. Instead, observe. Say hello to the people you see every day, but don’t make a fetish out of it. Stay interested in others. Be generous in your attentions but not showy. Don’t wink, snap your fingers, high-five, or shout, though laugh with those who do. It bears repeating: Look around. Remember names. Remember where people were born.”
Graciousness was brought up in a business context as an alternative to pushy and show-offish networking techniques.
It made me ask myself -Do we really live in a world where we need to remind ourselves to laugh with those who do it and remember names? Would we really not do this unless we read an article that highlights the benefits of adopting such a behavior?
I believe that it is in our nature to be light and gracious, to smile and laugh and to genuinely care about others. We do forget about it sometimes and we don`t do it for larger periods of time we “unlearn”. It is not difficult to forget especially in periods when we are surrounded by negativity.
But it a matter of practice to remind ourselves and become gracious again. Because it is who we are.
Today hasn`t been the best day for me – frustrations were coming one after another and slowly building up to reach a tipping point in the late afternoon.
But sometimes not everything goes in the wrong direction and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Luckily I saw the light during an insightful discussion with my meditation teacher who shared a great story with me:
” Two Prime ministers were sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and baning his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by an hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology. When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of this Rule Number 6?” “Very simple,” replies the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so damn seriously.’” “Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?” … “There aren’t any.”
I did some research and found out that this story was written by Benjamin Zander, who is also the author of the “Art of possibility” book.
Focused on our To – Do lists and daily frustrations we often forget to take it easy and also not to take things (including ourselves!) too seriously. Just breathing and relaxing, or even seeing ourselves in a comical light (as a funny cartoon character for instance), can make us less uptight and stressed out and more opened and centered.
Let`s all try to practice Role Number 6 this week and be lighter and more playful!
Yesterday was the International Happiness Day and it is the perfect opportunity to greet you with a card from the “Happiness is” series :). More about this cool concept here.
“The Art of Fun and Interesting Life” has been with you for the last two years.
I remember its first day in sunny Barcelona like it was yesterday. The excitement, inspiration, joy and the wish to make a difference were just beyond words. Two years later, there are still there and have become even more prominent 🙂 The satisfaction of watching the readers increasing and hearing positive responses has been absolutely indescribable..
The ideas kept on coming, the way of expressing them became (hopefully) smoother and the feeling that I`m doing something good is still with me.
Reflecting on your personal journey with the blog, could you think of the post/s that moved/touched/inspired you the most and share that with the world, so we can spread the inspiration 🙂
I want to introduce you to one of my favourite flowers which also happens to be one of the most resilient ones – the Snowdrop.
Despite its fragile appearance this little flower has the power to penetrate snow and ice and make an appearance in early March announcing the end of the winter.
It is really amazing how nature can be our best teacher. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be a bit more like the Snowdrop- gentle and gracious, yet determined and strong?
Let`s use our imaginations today and remember how it feels to go on a trip and be a guest. The feeling of having a relaxing experience, time spent with people that we love, anticipation of something new. The influx of energy, the desire to explore, be active and enjoy. The gratitude and appreciation of someone’s hospitality. The feeling of respect to your host and their house. All these positive feelings!
And how about contemplating the idea of being a guest to our body? Of having it as our “guest house” in this lifetime? Wouldn’t that make you feel more respectful to it and to life as a whole?
And what if this “trip” ends tomorrow and today is the last day to enjoy it? How would you spend that day? What would we do? Whom would we see?
And how about living today in this way? Because in the end we never know. Let`s live with no regrets. Today.
Today I watched a fascinating documentary investigating dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in all living beings on the planet. DMT is and considered to most potent psychedelic on Earth and the authors of the documentary refer to it as “The spirit molecule”.
The documentary describes Dr. Rick Strassman’s government-sanctioned, human DMT research. The effects of DMT’s effects are considered from two at first sight opposing lenses that in this case actually complement each other – science and spirituality.
I am not planning to reveal the findings presented in the documentary as I would highly recommend you to watch it yourselves.
A very important insight for me was that it implies that we are actually capable of entering a “higher” level of awareness by going” inwards”. Of course this is something that has been widely communicated from the “school “of spirituality. However, backing it up from a scientific perspective and furthermore showing actual evidence through a scientific research makes it much more tangible, actually imaginable and extremely empowering.
Of course, similarly to other times when I`ve been sharing metaphysical and spiritual insights with you, my advice is to take it with an open mind and always- with a pinch of salt. In the end, we are the one who choose what to believe in. The key is to have awareness and documentaries like “The Spirit Molecule” greatly contributes to this.