What makes you come fully alive? 

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What really makes us come fully alive? Is it success, fame, power, money, accomplishment, passion, bliss, happiness, joy, fulfillment, adventure, being in the moment, conquering your fears, taking risk, challenge, struggle, hardship, danger, or something else? I guess the answer to this existential question is very personal and would be different for most of us.

For some people, it is when they feel intense emotion of joy and pleasure, being in awe of the happening. Opening a present, winning a game, going on vacation, giving or witnessing birth, speaking or performing in front of an audience, obtaining a promotion and living an adventure would be good examples when your mind and heart race in excitement. For others, it could be the sensation of being in love and of enjoying sexual interactions with your partner. It could be simply dining with their family and friends. Some live more abundantly when they are exercising or playing their favourite sport. Some feel fully alive only when they are enjoying fast and exciting rides or extreme sports.

For you, it could be enjoying a vacation in an exotic place. It could be hiking in a natural environment. It could be simply when you are with your loved ones. It could be when you are being mindful and living in the present through awareness and gratitude. It could be when you are meditating or on a spiritual quest. It could be getting out of your comfort zone and taking some calculated risks. It could be even overcoming a big challenge and struggle after a period of hardship.

For most of us including me, it is a combination and permutation of all the above and some other moments of rapture. For me personally, I need to strive to become my best every day, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone, facing my fear and taking some risks. Whatever they may be for you, you need to reflect on what makes you fully alive, and try to incorporate more of them in your life.

So what really makes you come fully alive? Your comments and feedback are always appreciated.

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What makes you come fully alive?

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What really makes us come fully alive? Is it success, fame, power, money, accomplishment, passion, bliss, happiness, joy, fulfillment, adventure, being in the moment, conquering your fears, taking risk, challenge, struggle, hardship, danger, or something else? I guess the answer to this existential question is very personal and would be different for most of us.

For some people, it is when they feel intense emotion of joy and pleasure, being in awe of the happening. Opening a present, winning a game, going on vacation, giving or witnessing birth, speaking or performing in front of an audience, obtaining a promotion and living an adventure would be good examples when your mind and heart race in excitement. For others, it could be the sensation of being in love and of enjoying sexual interactions with your partner. It could be simply dining with their family and friends. Some live more abundantly when they are exercising or playing their favourite sport. Some feel fully alive only when they are enjoying fast and exciting rides or extreme sports.

For you, it could be enjoying a vacation in an exotic place. It could be hiking in a natural environment. It could be simply when you are with your loved ones. It could be when you are being mindful and living in the present through awareness and gratitude. It could be when you are meditating or on a spiritual quest. It could be getting out of your comfort zone and taking some calculated risks. It could be even overcoming a big challenge and struggle after a period of hardship.

For most of us including me, it is a combination and permutation of all the above and some other moments of rapture. For me personally, I need to strive to become my best every day, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone, facing my fear and taking some risks. Whatever they may be for you, you need to reflect on what makes you fully alive, and try to incorporate more of them in your life.

So what really makes you come fully alive? Your comments and feedback are always appreciated.

Build your financial security

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There is no better feeling than financial security. When you know that you have enough money to take care of your financial needs for the rest of your life, you have peace of mind and, more importantly, you have much more options.

So why are there not more people who are actually financially independent? The majority of people have trouble making ends meet and are living from paycheck to paycheck.

It is not that difficult to build your financial security through saving with discipline and investing your saving wisely. Virtually anybody can become financially independent by using the following well-tested principles:

  1. Live within your financial means.

This means that you can’t spend more than you are earning. You can’t rent a big house for $2,400.00 per month when you earn $3,000.00 per month. You need money to buy groceries, pay for your utilities, and travel to your work. Rather, rent a more modest apartment for $1,200.00 per month.

  1. Pay yourself first.

Develop the habit and have the discipline to pay yourself first. Before you pay your bills, save at least 10% of your paycheck regularly. If you can afford it, try to save more. Of course, this depends on your earning capacity and personal circumstances.

  1. Make your money work hard for you.

Invest your saving in a mutual fund or in an investment like real estate that would make your money grow more than the inflation rate.  If you need to, get professional advice from a reliable financial advisor. It’s paramount that you educate yourself about wise investments.

These three steps are proven and guaranteed pathways to financial security and independence. Of course, there are many other worthwhile financial strategies you can use to increase your wealth. However, having the strict discipline to use these three simple principles on a regular basis is not easy, but will definitely grow your financial assets significantly over time. The secret is time leveraging and the compounding effect, so start as early as possible to realize your financial freedom.

What principles and strategies are you using to build your financial security? Your views and comments would be appreciated.

Mental Wellbeing and Fitness

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Most of us exercise our physical body on a regular basis either by walking, jogging, swimming or going to the gymnasium. Some exercises are more relaxing, and others are more strenuous. Similarly, our mind needs mental exercise to maintain its wellbeing and fitness.

You can divide at your mental exercise and fitness regime as follows:

1.      Mental massage and relaxation

2.      Mental exercise and fitness

3.      Mental growth and creativity

Mental massage and relaxation

Mental massage and relaxation focuses on thoughts that bring you serenity, contentment, and possibly joy. These consist of thoughts of gratitude and love. In this category, you can also include affirmations, prayers and meditations. You reinforce and nurture your inner peace when you pray and meditate regularly. Prayers and meditation slow down time, gives you a break from the stress of life, and allows clearer thinking and finding constructive solutions.

For mental relaxation, you can visualize your dream life. This visualization exercise helps you manifest the life your truly desire. Read a good book. Play a musical instrument. Sing a song.

Mental exercise and fitness

Mental exercise and fitness will be a bit more rigorous. Mental activities like setting your smart goals and developing detailed strategies for your personal and professional growth and development. Identify and focus on your main priorities. You can also keep brain active with crosswords puzzles and quizzes.

You may want to identify the most urgent and important goal that you can pursue that would have the most beneficial effects for you at this present time.

Mental growth and creativity

Mental growth and creativity include any activity that stimulates your growth, creativity and innovation. These mind activities tend to stretch your mental capacities and may involve learning new things.

Learning new language will fall in this category. Similarly, learning to play a musical instrument will demand much mental effort and concentration. Creative mental activities include drawing a new painting, writing a book or a song, and developing a new business. Look for opportunities to grow on a personal or professional level by being open to new ideas, concepts and processes. Take some risks by accepting new challenges.

How do you maintain your mental wellbeing and fitness? Your comments and inputs would be much appreciated.

Manifest the life you desire

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Can you imagine your ideal life? Do you know how to empower yourself to achieve it?

If you truly want to manifest the life you desire, first you need to seek and find your purpose in life. Identify your core values and beliefs. Then align your purpose in life with your values and beliefs.

Develop a mental positive attitude by thinking like a winner. Nurture your self-esteem by becoming your best friend. Incorporate good habits in your daily life. Motivate and inspire yourself daily.

Do an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, intellectual and financial assets, and skills and talents. Identify your main goals and priorities. Focus your energy and strategies to achieving them. Develop an effective network. Seek guidance and support for your loved ones, coaches and mentors.

When you have a sincere and burning desire to follow your purpose in life, the Universe usually conspire to guide you to reach your highest callings. When you are ready, the teachers will appear. Think and grow a life of abundance. Nothing can really stop you, except yourself.

Are you living the life you dream of?

Living and aging well

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As I am retired from work, I have plenty of discretionary time to reflect about living and aging well. It is not just longevity. My first thought and advice is that living and aging well start early, not at retirement.

Life and aging is a continuum. You don’t need to wait for a better time before you start to change your lifestyle. Your lifestyle has a huge impact on the quality of your life. So you need to be proactive. Incorporate good habits in your daily activities as early as possible. Some good habits are as follows:

  • develop positive mental attitude
  • nurture your self-esteem
  • exercise regularly
  • nourish yourself with and health food and drinks
  • have plenty of sleep and rest
  • develop loving relationships

Of course, the above mentioned habits are not exhaustive by any means. For example, if you want to travel and see some interesting places around the world. You also need to take charge of your money and financial health if you want to have more options in life.

For me, living and aging well is simply the reward of a long and healthy life, filled with purpose, contentment and loving relationships.

“The important thing is not how many years is in your life but how much life is in your years.” Edward J. Stieglitz

Are you living and aging well? What does living and aging well mean to you?

 

Mindfulness and its practice

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Mind.Heart.jpgAn open and uncluttered mind is optimal for the practice of mindfulness. More and more people are becoming aware of the power of now. Being in the moment is essential to experience the joy and simplicity of feeling fully alive. Concentrate on whatever you are doing right now, one action and/or one task at a time. Whether you are sitting, walking, eating or working, be focused of what you are actually doing.

If you are talking to a person, pay attention and listen to what he or she is saying. If you are cooking a delicious dish, feel the textures of the ingredients under your hands and smell the odour of their fragrance. If you are driving a car, concentrate on the road in front of you while being aware everything around your periphery. If you are working on a project, focus your mind on the task at hand.

The practice of mindfulness is basically a moment by moment awareness.  It is not easy to be mindful over an extended time. However its persistent practice can eventually become a beneficial habit for you and your awareness.

What are you doing to remain focused and mindful on your task at hand?