Do you sleep well? I mean really well? Do you wake up feeling tired, dreaming of a few more precious hours in bed? Well you’re not alone. It seems that two out of three people suffer from a lack of sleep on a regular basis. And that’s a scary statistic because lack of sleep causes more than the usual, familiar feelings of
Do you believe in yourself? If you want to make progress, build a better life, develop greater well-being and move yourself to a happier state of existence, you really have to believe in yourself. It’s clearly very helpful to have people in your life who believe in you and support your goals but the strongest source of support has to begin with your own belief in you.
It begins with your belief that you can do whatever you want to do. Believing in yourself is a state of mind. It’s something we need to practise every day until it becomes a natural reflex. It doesn’t matter whether you had supportive parents or not as a child. The time for self-belief is right now. This very moment. We had to learn our doubts and limitations as small children and those habits have been with us for long enough. Today we need to learn the power of self-belief and feel the difference this change in attitude produces. When you believe in yourself, you’ll smile with the knowledge that you can truly accomplish your dreams.
Self-belief is the beginning of so many wonderful things.
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Sleep is such an important subject and I’m still surprised at the number of people I meet who really don’t sleep as well as they should. If you’d like to enjoy a better night’s rest, you’ll need to get ready for bed in a way that supports good sleep. The twenty minutes before you turn out the lights are a wonderful preparatory period for relaxing. Relaxing, as you might’ve guessed, is the key to a great night’s sleep.
That means no TV, no reading, no E-Mailing, no Facebook, nothing! The twenty minutes before you sleep are there to help you relax. So switch off all those screens, close those books and magazines and dedicate those twenty minutes to breathing deeply, calmly and gently, relaxing every part of the body from the head to the toes, until you feel completely and utterly relaxed.
This is also a perfect time to tell yourself that you really are going to enjoy the best night’s sleep and that you’re going to wake up in the morning feeling energised, refreshed and ready for anything. With a little practise, you’ll notice the difference when you wake up after a deeply refreshing night’s sleep. I’d like you to get used to it. It’s such an important part of our total well-being.
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Our lives are often dominated by the needs of work, family, children and a host of competing responsibilities. That’s why I’m asking you to find some time just for you. It isn’t selfish and it doesn’t detract from your other duties but it will help to restore some much-needed balance to your life. Set aside some time for yourself every single day. Use it for whatever you want. Meditate. Dream. Think about your goals. Think about your own needs and welfare.
Make this an important part of your daily routine.
Set aside time to make plans for yourself. Focus on you and use your special time to consider how to improve your well-being. Let the seeds of creativity germinate in your imagination and help you fulfill your individual needs, opening up greater possibilities for self-expression and personal fulfillment. As you take care of others and your daily responsibilities, take time to care of you as well.
I’ve often encouraged people to take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings and actions and this is undoubtedly an important part of learning how to direct your life. We all have to take responsibility for our lives but we can’t possibly be responsible for the thoughts and feelings of others, especially when the others have reached adulthood.
Each individual is entirely responsible for what they feel, think and do. It’s as simple as that. This implies that we can’t make people feel or think things without their consent. So when we speak of some individual making us angry, it’s vital to remember that the anger is only in our hearts. It isn’t anywhere else. How we feel and how we think about anyone else on the planet is only ever an extension of what is happening within us.
We often refer to our conditioned reflexes and responds from childhood but isn’t it time we took total responsibility for how we react, how we feel, how we think? Then we can learn to choose thoughts, feelings and responses that support our well-being and let go of the conditioning that has shaped our negative responses for so long.
I love starlight. One of the joys of visiting locations which are free of pollution is the wonder of a star-filled sky. The sense of receiving light that has traveled unimaginable distances across the vastness of space helps to put our worries into perspective. The scale of the universe simply exceeds the limits of our imagination by an enormous degree and moves our perspective from the obsessively warped focus of the ego to the transcendence of self.
An evening in the company of the stars is a delightfully relaxing yet exhilarating experience, a way to step beyond the limits of our daily concerns and breath in the majesty of the universe. Science may explain much of what we perceive as we probe deeper into the mysteries of astronomy but it can never dilute the simple joy of feeling that essential connection to the wonder of the night sky. Take a moment to appreciate the stars.
They’re priceless and they’re free.
Anyone who’s ever been involved in healing will know that the power to aid recovery comes from the person who needs the healing. It’s easy to talk of healers as if they have some divine gift but my teachers in India insisted on explaining all natural healing as the way the sick person taps into their own power. Sometimes the healer acts as a catalyst. But the miracles that sometimes attend recovery from very serious illnesses flow from the person who is being healed. This is helpful to understand because it ensures we never ignore the power that resides in everyone.
Power is not an elitist badge of honour. It is a universal characteristic. Recognising it in everyone we meet is essential for our balanced growth. We are more accustomed perhaps to the nuisance of colds and ‘flu and my teachers were fond of describing these conditions as simple mechanisms for forcing individuals to slow down and rest! Not much comfort when you have a cold but a useful way to consider these minor complaints and a sign from your body for you to get more rest. The body has wisdom far beyond words.
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The mind is an extraordinary gift. Its powers can be harnessed for our well-being or for our detriment. The way we use our minds impacts directly on everything we experience in life. Our health, our happiness, our prosperity, our relationships – everything revolves around the emotional patterns in our thoughts and feelings. This power is a fact.
We don’t have to decide if it’s real. We use it all the time. The real choice is to decide how to use this incredible force for our benefit. If there is any aspect of your life that you’re not happy with, look at the thoughts and feelings that spring up when you focus on this issue. The answer to your problems is usually to be found in your own mind. That’s why we need to let go of the disabling expressions ‘I can’t’, ‘I mustn’t’, ‘I won’t’, ‘it’s not possible’ and learn to express ourselves only with positive, enabling language. Your mind will understand. Your mind will respond to this change in how you want to think. The vast resource of your mind will start to work for you.
And your life will start to get better.
It’s so tempting to blame someone else for our problems, isn’t it? We blame our parents, our teachers, our friends, our enemies, society at large or anyone we can think of – anyone except ourselves. We’ve talked before about taking responsibility for our lives and giving up the habit of blame is another important step in the process. We can’t change the past. It happened. It’s over.
Our focus must move towards the future, towards the future that we absolutely want for ourselves. When we let go of the habit of blaming others for who we are and what we do, we can instantly feel the freedom of taking complete responsibility for our lives. This new sense of personal freedom creates the space for us make positive and lasting changes in our lives. We choose. No one else gets to make those choices for us. Certainly not anyone from the past!
Let’s celebrate freedom and unchain ourselves from the past forever.