One of my mentors and motivational speaker Les Brown says, “When your desires and your beliefs are not in alignment, you will always manifest what you believe.” The challenge is we were programmed to live and lead with our logical mind, to think things through, to weigh the pros and cons, and to analyze every decision. If we simply let our mind take the passenger seat and allow our heart to drive and lead, our experience of life would instantly change. If we choose to see the world through our heart’s eye—our insight—we are able to observe without judgment. Try it for a few minutes. Look around the room and find something to look at that you feel somewhat neutral about. At first, you will still have some level of judgment occurring in your mind because it is such a habit. Do your best to simply observe an object (a chair, for example) and invite the mind to be quiet. It might help to say, “I have placed the meaning I have on this chair. I think I know about this chair but what if I don’t really know anything about this chair?” Now imagine bringing your awareness down into your heart and looking through the lens of observation. Allow curiosity to soften and open your mind. You may notice other details about the chair that you hadn’t noticed before. You may still find some judgments coming in. Place "Our heart has no judgment because our heart has no thoughts, beliefs, or stories about anything." those thoughts aside and see if you can observe the object as if you were looking at it for the first time. This is an easier practice when your focus is on something you feel neutral about. Once you practice, you can start to change your point of focus to other things you are more attached to or that you have some opinions about. It will take some practice to re-program your mind but the peace of mind it will create will be well worth the effort. It will also foster more open, vulnerable, and authentic connections with others. Remember that we think we know what we don’t know. This thinking closes our minds and our hearts. If we try on and embrace the idea that we have no flippin’ clue about anything, we can open our minds and be willing to see the world differently. That also includes being able to see ourselves differently. When we observe without judgment, we can see others and observe life through a lens of love and compassion. When we make a conscious choice to stop judging ourselves and stop judging others, we stop judgment right at the source—our own minds. Imagine if we all did that all together, all at once; all judgment would cease instantly. Stay tuned next week for chapter 5 ~ What We Can’t See, We Can’t Change ***This is an excerpt from Sue Dumais' book "Stand UP Stand OUT Stand STRONG ~ A 30 Day Guide to Navigate Life When the SHIFT Hits the Fan" Published in 2018 Published on atfortyfive.com with permission from © Sue Dumais
TAKE A BREAK Learning To Breathe Correctly with Dilyana Mileva Breathing is a natural thing: breath in, breathe out… not much to it, right? Actually, there is a wrong and right way to get oxygen into your system through your lungs. Healthy lungs are crucial at this time. Dilyana Mileva walks us through how to breathe properly and why it is important. This video is part of our Quarantine Conversations T YOGA available on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe today. Some Fascinating Facts (source lung.ca) People who have a large lung capacity can send oxygen around their bodies faster. You can increase your lung capacity with regular exercise. Lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers of airways and 300 to 500 million air sacs (alveoli). Your left and right lungs aren’t exactly the same. The lung on the left side of your body is divided into two lobes. The lung on your right side is divided into three. The left lung is also slightly smaller, allowing room for your heart.
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