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Happy 2013!

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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It’s long but a good recipe to start the New Year:

Health: 

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that are manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2012 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours, though it may be tough to do.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily; And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…

Society:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something of value to others even if it is advise.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. Love has healing power.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come…
38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
40. Set your GOALS now for 2013 ! ! ! Real Goals…It’s not Too Late

Happy New Year – Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet !

With energy,

Ana

Uncertainty

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The most difficult thing about uncertainty is the anguish we feel to find an answer.  It’s almost suffocating at times.  There is always the temptation of asking someone what they think about it and follow their advice instead of listening to what your wise self wants to tell you.

Most people you ask will tell you that you are smart, capable and that you should just go for it.  You are then stuck with a project or an idea that confirms all the wonderful qualities you have because others told you so.  Sometimes a project that will confirm just how clever and inspiring you are is simply not right for you a this point.  And it hurts to let go.  The idea is just to perfect.  It matches your story, your experience, it might even bring you a lot of money; it’s just what you should do.  Or is it?

Resist the temptation to search for answers outside of yourself.  Look inside, let go of the story, understand that you are intelligent, smart, inspiring and you don’t need a project or an idea to prove it.  If you decide to go for it, do it for your own reasons, in order to stretch yourself and not because you should.

Be patient with the quest.  It might take a while until you feel you are ready to let go of the idea/project or to embrace it.  The most important thing is to know that you decided for yourself.  You are a winner when you take your own side.

With energy,

Ana

The Mirror Effect

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We are all a mirror for one another.  Whenever we express an opinion about someone, it’s also a reflection of what we see in ourselves.  The truth is that it’s always about us.  As spiritual beings, we are consciously or unconsciously trying to better ourselves at all times.  Even when we choose a more difficult path.  

The big challenge is to be aware of the moments when we think or say things about others, and immediately reflect on what we are saying or thinking.  Do I see that in me?  Have I behaved in such way as well?  Reflecting on this allow us to examine our behavior and to make a decision to change.  It also gives us a sense of gratitude for the person that we are criticizing.  After all, they are mirroring ourselves and providing us with a very efficient tool for our growth.

Step into the uncomfortable place of looking at yourself in the mirror through the image of others!  It will make you realize how connected you are with everyone and how much you can grow together!

With energy,

Ana

Perfect As Is

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I have a fantastic teacher in Jerusalem with whom I talk twice a month.  It’s always a joy to talk to Rabbi Schwartz and to learn with him.

This week we discussed that, if we have the right tools, we can live life in a constant state of joy.  We can build our own paradise right here on earth.  There is an amazing difference when we decide to look at life with equanimity lenses – a concept that sees everything that we receive as perfect and ideal for our growth.  When begin to see life being perfect as is and that changes everything!

Rabbi Schwartz mentioned this point on his latest newsletter and I reproduce it here with his permission:

(Hashem means “The Name” and it is one of the ways in the Jewish tradition that we address G-d).

“The outlook that is demanded for us to be Perfect AS IS perceivers of reality, is that we have to see the world as something that is basically a gift, life is a gift from Hashem, and as our Sages say, ‘Everything that Hashem sends to us is good, it’s perfect.’ Even though it seems to be far from perfect, and full of what seems to be difficulties and problems and flaws and blemishes and hard-to-cope-with reality, nevertheless, we are urged by our Sages to see that everything that comes our way is Perfect AS IS.”

So, to see life as perfect as is, we need to have faith that all is well and taken care of even if it doesn’t seem that way.  It requires us to have a long term vision and to persist.  Lately I’ve been thinking that our wildly disseminated lack of patience is truly a lack of faith.  We say very non-chalantely that we don’t have a lot of patience for anything which truly means we are not willing to trust that the blessings are coming our way.

Sometimes ideas need to simmer a bit in order to become ripe and ready to use, relationships need nurturing to fully blossom, people need practice in order to learn a new habit; everywhere we look there is a need for patience; a need for faith that things will turn out all right in the end.

Try for one day to receive whatever comes at you saying to yourself:  “It is perfect as is.” Try not to question, not to argue with yourself.  Just repeat this mantra and see what happens.  As always, I am curious to know how it turns out for you.  Enjoy being perfect as is!

With energy,

Ana

*If you want to know more about Rabbi Schwartz’s work, go to www.paradiseprinciple.com.

 

 

 

Love Is In The Air!

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

It’s a beautiful moment in the Maldives.  The sun is coming down as I watch my husband swim and snorkel in the clear water right in front of our cabana.  The full moon is gearing up to making her appearance tonight.  For a moment it seems that the whole world simply stopped to take a breath.  A deep breath…

I also stopped for a deep breath as I just finished a walk around the beach.  I saw couples taking pictures, people laughing enjoying themselves, others looking for corals and shells on the shore, a family celebrating their holiday in the water…  One of the most interesting things I saw however, were messages of love.  People wrote their words on the sand in Chinese, Japanese, English and drew hearts with their initials inside.  Love is in the air here in our island.  I too joined the band and wrote the world LOVE in all the languages I know.  While doing so, I though about the people I love and the people I wish would let love inside their hearts.  Another magic moment in the Maldives…

The more I meet people and listen to their stories, the more I understand that it is all about love.  That’s what we all want and when we don’t get it, we fall ill, we let negativity enter our lives and we feel depressed.  Love brings in laughter, light, joy, clarity and creativity into our lives.  Love is the essence of our beings because love is the essence of our Creator.

However, love doesn’t come from the outside.  It is not something someone will give you.  Love comes from the inside; from loving ourselves with all our weaknesses, strengths, passions, idiosyncrasies, and shortcomings.  That will lead the way to truly loving others, our planet, animals, plants, a good and a difficult situation; basically everyone and everything you come across!  

It’s a big vision but it all starts with ourselves!  A good exercise is to ask some of your friends what are the qualities they love about yourself.  Resist the temptation to argue with them; just listen and take notes or ask them to send them to you.  Observe yourself acting in the ways your friends described you and focus on that.  Expand the list later with the qualities you see in yourself.  Come on, give it a try!  You will be surprised how wonderful you truly are!

With energy and sun from the Maldives,

Ana