Peace and Happiness

I came across a wonderful paragraph in a book I am currently reading which I feel would benefit everyone who might happen to read this. It is as follows:

“The principal focus of Mahayana teachings is on cultivating a mind wishing to benefit other sentient beings. With an increase in our own sense of peace and happiness, we will naturally be better able to contribute to the peace and happiness of others. Transforming the mind and cultivating a positive, altruistic and responsible attitude are beneficial right now. Whatever problems and difficulties we may have, we can thereby face them with courage, calmness and high spirits. Therefore, it is also the very root of happiness for many lives to come.”

Peace and happiness should be very high on everyones priority list. Money and education can’t bring these great inner qualities about. A change of mind is necessary.

We have the power within us to control our mind, and with practice we can reach a very proficient level in the thoughts we allow into our consciousness. We also have a choice in the way we let things effect us and in the attitude we have to any problems and difficulties that may occur.

“With an increase in our own sense of peace and happiness, we will naturally be able to contribute to the peace and happiness of others.” What a thing to strive for! To have more peace and happiness in ones own life to be able to naturally contribute to everyone else’s life who we may happen to touch. There is no greater aim in life.

So pay attention to your thoughts, and any negative recurring thought patterns. Banish them as soon as you become aware of them and affirm that you are happy and at peace. Face your problems with optimism and high spirits knowing that the nature of life is change, and before long things will be very different.

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The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is powerful beyond what we could ever imagine. It records every thought and sense impression you have ever experienced in your life. All impulses of thought that reach the conscious mind through any of the five senses is classified and effortlessly recorded. All of these impression are stored and filed and can be recalled at any time with the assistance of hypnosis.

It receives and files thoughts and sense impressions regardless of their nature, whether good or bad. The subconscious mind acts first on the dominating thoughts and desires which intermingle with any strong emotional impulse. This should be expanded upon as it is very important.

If your dominant thoughts are negative; fear, jealousy, ungratefulness and anger, this will manifest itself in how you experience the world and life. If, on the other hand your regular thoughts during the day are positive and optimistic in nature this in turn will show itself in your world. Thoughts of happiness, peace, gratitude, joy and well-being will have a positive impact on your days that you could never have imagined.

The subconscious mind works night and day, constantly giving you what you are asking for. And by asking for I mean thinking about often. You can’t control it completely, but you can impregnate it with what you would like to see more of in your life. Even if you are having a ‘down’ day, or thoughts of worry consume your mind you can affirm to yourself ‘I am happy’, ‘I am grateful for what I have’, or anything that would make you feel good. Try it! You will be amazed at how quickly your state changes through this practice of affirmation.

Once you have accepted as a clear reality the existence and power of the subconscious mind, and understand its possibilities, power and transforming capacity you can begin to bring in to your life anything you can imagine.

The subconscious is never idle. If you are not feeding it positive suggestions, it will continue to draw on your dominant everyday thoughts. So pay attention to any thoughts that recur at certain periods of the day, and change this thought process by affirming the positive. Just try it one time and you will experience the power that can be harnessed through the subconscious mind.

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It is very important to harness the power of our subconscious minds and transmute our lives to how we dreamed they would always be.

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What do you want?

Reading a very thought-provoking book, which I would recommend to everyone; Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ I have come to a remarkable paragraph which I must share with you all:

“Examine the first hundred people you meet, ask them what they most want in life, and ninety-eight of them will not be able to tell you! If you press them for an answer, some will say- security, many will say- money, a few will say- happiness, others will say- fame and power, and still others will say- social recognition, ease in living, ability to sing, dance or write, but not one of them will be able to define these terms, or give the slightest indication of a plan by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed my definite desires, through constant persistence.”

This paragraph struck a chord with me as I have verified the above statement for myself. We are all quick to complain about our lives, to compare ourselves to others who have achieved and accomplished, not reminding ourselves of the huge efforts that individual would have made to get to where they are.

The first thing we must do is ask ourselves are we one of the two, or one of the ninety-eight? If we are one of the ninety-eight, is it possible to change our inner desire and drive in life to become an individual with clear goals, and even clearer plans for their attainment.

Begin this process right now! Put aside what you are doing for five minutes and ask yourself what you want most in life. Then think about how you could go about getting what you want. Then start planning what you intend to do to accomplish your aim.

The sad thing is most of us will not do it! We will content ourselves with what we have always had, with who we have always been, with the lives we have always lived. Don’t settle for it any longer.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have always imagined!

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Persistance

If you dream deep enough, and work hard enough, pursuing for long enough with an abundance of faith that you will reach your goal, what do you think will be the outcome?

The problem is we want it straight away, right now, with little or better still, no effort. The opposite of what it takes to achieve our goals.

Find an aim, a goal, a dream. Then go in the pursuit of it with an unwavering confidence you will succeed.

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The Dream

A man lay on his bed at the end of his life waiting to die.

His dream came to pay its last respects and to bid farewell to the man who had never realised it. As it entered the room the man looked down in shame.

“Why did you not realise me?” the dream asked.

“Because I was afraid,” said the man.

“Afraid of what?” Said the dream.

“I was afraid I would fail”.

“But haven’t you failed by not attempting to use me?”

“Yes, I did, but I always thought there would be tomorrow”.

“You fool, said the dream, did it never occur to you that there was only ever today? The moment you are in right now? Do you think now that death is here you can put it off until tomorrow?”

“No.” said the man, a tear gently rolling down his cheek.

The dream was softer now, because it knew that there were two types of pain, the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret, and while discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs pounds.

Then the dream leant forward to gently wipe away the tear and said,” You need only have taken the first step and I would have taken one to meet you, for the only thing that ever separated us, was the belief in your mind that you couldn’t have me.”

Then they said goodbye, and they both died unfulfilled.——————————-

Now the first thing you have to do is to find a dream. If you haven’t already. Find a dream that has always touched your heart and never left you since you were a child. Once you have decided on the dream, and it shouldn’t be too difficult, go and get it. Get after it. Take that first step towards it.

A person with great dreams can achieve great things. A person afraid of failure, or of not quite going the distance, or of pain and suffering, or of work and effort. They are bound to an end similar to the one in short story above. And when the end is nigh, it will be too late! The time is now. Take that first step today! Do it now.

I know life is busy. We all have work, family commitments, social activities etc. But our dreams don’t care for excuses. It is very simple, you either achieve it or not.

But what we will all realise when we start chasing after our dreams is that what is most important is not the actual achievement of the dream itself, but the wonderful experience waking up every day will bring. Knowing that we have been blessed with another day to work towards our dream. And don’t let anyone tell you any different!

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Why Smoke!?

I am writing this blog post from my new perspective as hypnotherapist and counsellor. Working with several clients and helping to assist them in becoming non-smokers, as well as looking around at the many people who make the conscious decision to smoke got me thinking… Why Smoke? It is my wish that when you have finished reading these words you take a few short moments to think about this pastime that you choose to partake in. And, ultimately ask yourself the question; Why Smoke?

Some of you may have seen and even participated in a question I asked on my Facebook page. I asked people to answer in a sentence or two ‘why you smoke’? And if you didn’t smoke yourself, to ask someone close to you why they smoke. I was very pleased with the responses that I got and they really helped me to compose this blog with a clear objective in mind.

There were many and varied answers but all were given with honesty and sincerity. Or that’s at least how it came across from where I was reading. Among some of the answers that were given were; I enjoy/like smoking, it gives me a feeling of contentment/comfort when I have finished, it looks good, it relieves stress, its a habit, its an addiction. In this article I will be concentrating on the last two; habit and addiction. To begin with I will give a general definition of habit and addiction:

Habit- An acquired or routine behaviour pattern that is repeated regularly and is often carried out and tends to occur involuntary.

Addiction- The state of being enslaved to a habit or to something that is psychologically or physically adverse to an individual. The continued repetition of a behaviour despite being aware of its adverse consequences.

Many people who answered my question said ‘its a habit’, or ‘its an addiction’. For the sake of this blog we can take habit and addiction to be synonymous. If your uncomfortable with this idea then think of an addiction as an intense or severe habit.

A habit is simply the process of forming a particular behaviour pattern through repetition. Those of you that answered why you smoke because its a habit can probably accept that smoking is just something you do now, or that you have done it for so long now its hard to stop. But habits are of two kinds; positive and negative. Its a very positive habit to clean your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed. Its a positive habit to wear your seat belt when your driving in your car. To look left and right before crossing the road.

Its equally positive to ingrain the habit of not smoking. Working with people it has become completely clear that there are absolutely no benefits to smoking, and so many benefits to not smoking. Some of the reasons not to smoke; the cost of cigarettes, the health issues that come with being a smoker, the smell, the effect on those around you, the grip that it has on an individual, and more that i’m sure you can think of yourself.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. In my opinion you can do whatever you desire. You can take up yoga, learn a new language, take a college course, join a gym, find a new job, and on and on in whichever direction you want to go. Equally you can decide to shake the grip that nicotine and cigarettes hold on you. To save your money for better and more productive pastimes (holidays, children, bills etc), and to live a healthier, happier life.

If you feel unable to do this by yourself, hypnotherapy and counselling can help. The process we go through is simple and effective and if you want to become a non-smoker but don’t have the will-power by yourself, together we can work towards a new, healthier, more financially well-off you. Want it and you can have it!

For more information about quitting smoking and many other services visit http://www.harmoniousdevelopment.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you!

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Set Your Sail

It’s not what happens to us that determines our future, it’s what we do about what happens to us. This is a prominent concept in Vedic Astrology; that much of our karma is set even before we are born, but how we react to living out that karma is not set. The two ideas are one and the same.

We can imagine our journey through life as that every individual we see and encounter are in a little sail boat. It will be easy for us to see that it’s not about the blowing of the wind that determines our destination, but the set of the sail. The same wind blows on all of us. The wind of disaster, the wind of opportunity, the wind of change. The wind when its favourable and the wind when its unfavourable. The social wind and the economic wind.

The difference in where people find themselves in life has nothing to do with the blowing of the wind, but it has everything to do with how we set our sail! This is what learning and life lessons are all about, how to set your sail for the better. We can learn from our mistakes and errors from the past and learn new skills and attitudes for the future.

The greatest thing in all of this is that these laws and principles are the same for each and every one of us. The wind will not cease to blow, but we all have the control of our own sail. Eric Worre says in his book; ‘you can tell the size of the man by the size of the problem that gets him down.’ This is easy for us all to verify very quickly. How much does it take to get you down? How easy is it for you to lose confidence? How easy do you give up when things get tough?

Each of us has the opportunity to change right now. This very minute. We can change our income, change our future, change our health, change our marriage, we can change our life. If you make a conscious effort. If you make a conscious choice you can make the next year of your life, completely different from the last year. If you want it you can have it!

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