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Find Your True Purpose of Life and Your Bliss (Part 2)

January 29, 2012 Leave a Comment

Dear Path to Anandam Friends,

Part 2 of two parts of Interactive Blog – Find Your True Purpose of Life and Your Bliss

In our previous post we talked about what we could resolve to do in the New Year to find our true path and our Bliss.

You might be asking, “How do I do that?”

  • Change your attitude
  • Give unselfishly of yourself, count your blessings and meditate
  • Turn your awareness toward spirituality and connect within

When you connect to your Inner–source within, life flows more easily and you find satisfaction and happiness in your daily life.

Inner source, God Source, The Universe, Higher Self, whatever you relate to, this understanding generates love for others which further generates constructive energy to serve others without seeking any in return. When you center your purpose on giving and not getting and align yourself with a cause greater than yourself, the Universe yields to help you achieve and expand your potential. There are no quick fixes in anything that can have a profound impact on your life. Continued practice and dedication reveals true transformation.

Performing the exercises below will guide you to tuning into the still small voice inside. Find your Bliss!

Do self–purification and self–transformation of the preconditioned mind and achieve serenity of mind through following seven steps:

  1. Make the commitment to attain the supreme goal of life and maintain self–discipline (Focus on self–improvement and do not blame others).
  2. Keep good company of people who have similar goals.
  3. Perform every action selflessly as service to God.
  4. Develop unconditional love for God and others (God’s creation) without any expectations.
  5. Experience and realize own knowledge of God/Self.
  6. Practice Meditation, Prayers, Pranayam (breathing discipline), and Asanas (physical postures).
  7. Surrendering to God

As you practice, you will come closer and closer to your goal of life, become happier and happier person and be able to enjoy life to the fullest and finally attain your true nature “Sat (Truth) Chit (Consciousness) Ananda (Bliss).”

Do you have a special practice that helps you tune into your inner Bliss or that has helped you find/stay on your true path?.…… Write a comment

Find Your Ultimate Purpose of Life

January 21, 2012 Leave a Comment

Dear Path to Anandam Friends,

Welcome to our Interactive blog

We are embarking on creating our interactive blog for Path to Anandam, posting articles relevant to our spiritual mission and including you by inviting your feedback and comments on our weekly posts. We welcome your input and look forward to interacting with you through our blog.

This year will you resolve to find your ultimate purpose of life?

As the year begins to draw to a close, many of us will embark on creating our list of New Year’s Resolutions. Ruminating over past successes (and failures) we’ll ponder whether we should yet again put “start exercising” and “lose 5–15 pounds at the top of our lists.

Year after year we strive to tell ourselves “I will” or “I won’t” and by February (when Valentine’s Day rolls around with all that delectable chocolate) we start beating ourselves up for not sticking to our resolutions and our lack of willpower. Or perhaps you’ve reached a crossroads in your life due to a loss of job or kids moving out of the “nest”. Maybe you’ve become disillusioned with the path you’ve been on; it’s not as fulfilling as you expected it to be. Something seems to be missing.

We begin to have this year–in–review running through our minds, questioning “Where have I been?” and “Where am I going?” Regardless of one’s successes or failures, a thoughtful mind always wonders about the purpose of life; “Who am I?” “What am I here for?” If your life is in transition because of kids going off to college, the loss of a loved one, or the excited time of getting married or moving to a new home, listening to and following that that inner voice gives you peace, calm and strength to carry forward when there may be outward chaos.

Why not do something DIFFERENT this year? RESOLVE to tap into your inner Bliss and find your true purpose. When you are listening to and following your purpose you are acting mindfully, you are in balance, and have peace and happiness in your heart. When your focus is on becoming your highest self, when you “look within” instead of searching outside of yourself, it doesn’t matter what sort of work you are doing, or if you are currently looking for work, or if there seems to be outward chaos, you’re keeping an open mind and you are happy with where you are at that very moment.

You might be asking, “How do I do that?”

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Sincerely,
The Path to Anandam Team

Why weather sparks word of mouth (and please stay warm…)

January 18, 2012 Leave a Comment

 

It was -40 with the wind chill in Calgary yesterday. My usual routine of waking up and heading to the pool was met with shovelling and struggling with my frozen garage door.  Yes, my quaint little post-war house includes a 47 ton garage door that likes to kill any opener that’s attached to it.

 

The good thing about all that? It confirmed what they say about weather is true. Talking about the weather is one of the great glues that binds us together.

 

Yesterday, in a fit of self-pity  I posted a plea on Facebook for news of anywhere warm in the world.  I got responses from people I didn’t even remember were my Facebook friends.  Not only did it cheer me up; it reminded me that the simple conversations are what bind us together.  When I worked in industry, expressing concern for each other in the elevator after people braved the elements was probably the single greatest source of getting to know your fellow co-workers.

 

Not surprisingly, the same is true on social media.  The ability to influence people goes hand in hand with how much they like you. So being human with them is a foundational step.

 

Today’s tip  – talk about the small stuff.  It’s a lot bigger than you think.

(And I’d love to hear your strategies for staying warm…)

 

Teresa de Grosbois is and international speaker who speaks on the tops of word of mouth and influence

www.wildfirews.com

Pop quiz – How quickly should you forgive yourself?

January 14, 2012 Leave a Comment
Chai Latte & her blanket

Do you blame the dog?

 

Pop quiz – You completely drop the ball on a major commitment, affecting several people and their reputation.  You:

a)    Quickly blame the nearest conflict avoider (a.k.a pin it on the dog),

b)    Blissfully go on with your day, knowing that everything happens for a reason and it’s all for everyone’s good,

c)    Pull out a Louisville slugger and pound your head for several hours,

d)    Face the pain, own up and do what you can to fix the situation.

The conversation of forgiveness is an important one. I’ll be honest. I  missed an appointment this week and I’m still having trouble putting the Louisville slugger away.

How you address your mistakes is a big part of how successful you are.  Being ineffective at moving past your mistakes can be one of the biggest barriers in business.  At the same time, self-anger can help motivate you to higher achievement.

So where’s the magic balance between self-recrimination, accepting accountability and forgiveness? Three things to consider:

  1. Only socio-paths and psychopaths experience no emotion when they impact another. So know that some self-anger and remorse is a healthy part of being human.
  2. Separate the concepts of forgiveness and accountability. First you seek their forgiveness, and then you forgive yourself.  Neither of these acts makes you any less accountable for your mistake.
  3. Finally, yes it’s cliché, but if you broke it, you fix it. Do whatever you can to address the situation whether forgiveness is present or not. That’s called integrity – being consistent with your word.

Want to give a big shout out to Shawne Duperon’s http://www.facebook.com/ProjectForgive.  This will be one of the most important discussions of 2012. What are you struggling with in forgiveness?  Would love to hear your comments below.