These are 10 life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian text dense with wisdom.

1. Change is the Law of The Universe

“What you have taken, Has been from here
What you gave has been given here

What belongs to you today
belonged to someone yesterday
and will be someone else’s tomorrow

Change is the Law of The Universe”

Nothing is constant. No-thing is permanent. True stillness comes from embracing movement – the ebb and flow of life. The earth is moving through space. Night follows day. Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.

2. Everything Happens for a Reason

“Whatever happened was good
Whatever is happening is good
Whatever will happen will also be good”

This mindset empowers you. This mindset attracts more of the good. What has happened has happened. There is nothing more to be done. The future is a picture, an illusion. It will never come. It is always now. You control the present. Live it to the fullest.

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3. Love the Process Without Depending on the Outcome

“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”

Never engage in action for the sake of reward. Do your work with love. Expect nothing. You are rewarded in the present. Do from a place of joy. Create from a place of no-mind. Give from a place of love.

4. Give Without Expecting Something in Return

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”

Be pure when giving. Love grows when shared. Give and you shall receive.

5. Let Go of Attachment

“You came here empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.”

Attachment to material things can weigh you down. We do not possess things, yet things can possess us. Sensory pleasures are short-lived. When they disappear they can cause suffering. The wise do not attach their happiness to such pleasures. They go beyond them. Take no possessions. Always travel light.

6. The Soul Is Eternal

“For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”

Birth and death are of this realm. Birth and death are of the duality. Energy can never be created or destroyed; it transforms from one form to another. Energy is in essence non-dual. Consciousness is not of the human body.

7. We Are All One

“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.
He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”

Treat every being the same. Treat others as you want others to treat you. See the inherent goodness in all beings. See through labels and stories. We are all God. We are all One.

8. You Are What You Think You Are

“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.”

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

Mind over matter. Think happy thoughts and you are happier. Know you can, and you can. Look for things to be grateful for. Look for the good. You will find it.

9. Meditate

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”

Meditation makes you happier. It is a timeless truth.

10. Dream Big

“We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

See it, feel it, become it. Have no fear when dreaming. Dream as big as you can. Let how you feel be your guide. Move your dream into the present moment to manifest it.

This post was originally published at Global Harmony Crew.

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How can you develop a mindset of abundance?

There is enough for everyone in this world. The future is as bright as we want it to be. Things can seem to be bad when we focus on poverty, hunger, overconsumption and overpopulation. Being in a mindset of scarcity, of only saving money, of holding on to resources, believing that there is all kinds of lack, will attract more lack. Bring change by shifting your focus, by changing your paradigm, by having a mindset of abundance instead of scarcity.

Mindset of Abundance vs Mindset of Scarcity

Sure you have felt abundant in your lifetime. The feeling that good things seem to just come to you and happen for you is accompanying a mindset of abundance. Maybe it was a period where you were giving a lot, and noticed that you did not lack anything yourself. Perhaps you went on a winning streak in poker. Or a friend of yours attracts women effortlessly? All of these are a result of an abundant state of being. If you can feel that you have something, you will attract more of it.

A mindset of scarcity is the opposite. Life will confirm to you the scarcity you are expecting to see. By thinking that you cannot, you cannot. Your experience is a projection of your perspective. By focusing on all the things you can’t do e.g. due to not having enough money, not enough time, not enough skills, a lack of physical ability and so on you will spiral downward. Turn this around before you get into the downward spiral.

You can. Abundance is everywhere.

Commercials and media can help create a belief that we need more, we need to do more and become more. That we don’t already have enough. If we could just get that thing or do that thing that we saw someone have or do, we would be a little bit better. Relax and don’t engage in this chase. Just be. Content. Abundant. Naturally.

Our Civilization

Whether we know about every crime, every war, every corrupt person or group or have been raised without any news at all, we still have the same potential for creating a new earth. By being happy. By following our hearts. By knowing abundance. There are a lot of positive and magnificent feats the human race have managed to accomplish.

Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler wrote the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. It was published in 2012 and debuted at #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. The book envisions a future where 9 billion people have access to clean water, food, energy, health care, education, and everything else that is necessary for a first world standard of living, all thanks to technological innovation. The book is a great example of one of the infinite ways in which abundance can play out.

The book has some really good points and is recommended for anyone looking for a positive perspective on how we humans can use science and technology to create a new earth. Technologies in computing, energy and medicine are improving at an exponential rate and allow independent innovators to achieve what today seems like impossible feats with little money or manpower.

How to Shift into Abundance

Knowing that you are abundant and that life is abundance is a great paradigm to be in. There are many ways you can shift your mindset into one of abundance. Here are some:

Get in the Mindset of “I Can”

Find a way in your mind to see that you can do everything, or at least that you could if you really wanted to. Get creative and see that you are able to think of ways in which you could do whatever it might be.

Think of Everything You Could Buy with Your Money

If you have a certain amount of money, i.e. 1000$, think of all the things you are able to afford with those 1000$. Two weeks on vacation? You could probably afford that. What else? Go skydiving a couple of times, buy a really good bike, etc.

Think in terms of using 1000$ for each of the things you want, like you have an unlimited number of that amount. By doing this you get into an abundant mindset without actually spending anything.

Be Grateful

By taking a few minutes to contemplate what you are most grateful for you get into a positive state where you focus on appreciating what you already have. By putting gratitude out into the universe, you will attract even more positivity into your life.

Give

Help out someone who is in greater need than you. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or donate to charity. You can also give to someone that has more than you or a friend of yours. Give compliments, or smiles! Free hugs!

I share this information with you, abundant with tips on how to realize you are abundant, from my abundant creative mind. I also used the abundant resource “the internet”, and as knowledge and books are abundant I got inspired by one of those as well. Inspiration is really abundant. I hope this sparked some feelings of abundance in you!

H/T: Global Harmony Crew

It’s easy to get caught up in the worrisome nature of the everyday human life.

We’re conscious, and because of our powerful brains, we tend to utilize our unique gift in all of the wrong places. Like stressing out and losing sleep over all of the little things that keep us up at night.

A recent story I wrote told the tale of a man who was helping build tiny homes for the homeless folks in his local community of Oakland, California. One of his main observations after helping people who had nothing to their name was that they had less to complain about and were generally funner people to spend time with than those who seemed to have it all.

What truly matters to you in this life? Do you even know? Many of us spend hours and hours in deep self-reflection hoping to find answers that will give us peace, but it seems that once your entire being becomes jeopardized, the answers become all too clear.  We’re only on this planet for a blink of an eye.  Lift isn’t about how long you live, it’s about what you do while you’re living.

Read this letter of a dying 24-year-old man, internalize it, and realize that you want your life to be shaped by the choices you had the courage to make, not the ones you didn’t:

via Reddit

“I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

  • Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
  • It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.
  • Take control of your life. Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.
  • Appreciate the people around you. Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

Thank you!”

Original source: expandedconsciousness.com

Are you stuck in a creative rut? If you can’t seem to find your creativity, it might be time to try some new tactics to get it to emerge.

These 6 techniques will help you open your creative mind and get out of your creative funk.

1. Meditate

Meditation has a huge list of health benefits, from stress reduction to improved sleep, better focus, heightened immunity, lower blood pressure, and dozens of other effects. But did you know it can also help you unleash your creative mind?

Through meditation, you will become more focused and disciplined. Your mind will be stronger. You will be able to push away the distracting thoughts that used to limit your creativity. Also, one you are in a creative “flow,” you’ll be able to stay in that state for a longer period of time than before you started meditating. With its impressive collection of benefits, there is really no reason not to meditate.

2. Surround Yourself with Inspiration

This one might be obvious, but it’s also very important. If you are never exposed to great art, it’s unlikely you’ll ever create any. The same goes for any other creative venture. You need to expose yourself to creativity as often as possible. Go to museums, walk among a garden, take in a ballet, or read a great book. Find mentors in your field and learn as much as you can from them. Soak up all the inspiration you can find.

3. Eat Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can help improve your brain function. They might just boost your brain enough to bring out your creative mind. Besides that, they’re delicious and offer many other health benefits! As a way to practice your creativity, see how many brain-boosting blueberry recipes you can come up with, and then start cooking!

4. Limit Amusement

If you are constantly entertaining yourself with TV, movies, reading magazines, or doing other somewhat mindless but amusing activities, you will severely limit your creative mind. Creativity sparks when your brain is able to engage with the world around you. When it’s monopolized by something, it can’t engage.

Limit these activities. Instead of amusing yourself, spend some time focusing on the things that make you curious or that inspire you. Take a walk. Read a book you’ve wanted to start for a while. Just don’t seek out amusement all the time.

5. Exercise

If you ask the most powerful people in the world where they get their inspiration and their drive, most of them will give some of the credit to exercise. CEOs frequently wake up before 6 a.m. to get in a morning workout. Exercise boosts your overall health and improves your brain function. It helps you develop self-discipline, which can help bring about creativity.

Also, when you are exercising, it’s very difficult to do anything else. Your brain has a chance to imagine and wander. You might land on your best creative bursts when out on a run.

6. Cross Creative Barriers

Creativity is all linked. As you improve your writing skills, you will also improve your artistic abilities. If you improve your dance technique, you will increase your song-writing skills. Use your existing creativity to try something new. Take the skills you have in one artistic arena and carry them to other parts of your life. Were you able to find a technique that you think would help you break through your creative wall? Start out by adopting one or two of these tactics. If they don’t help you destroy the creative block, try some others. You can do this!

Credits: This article has originally featured at learning-mind.com and used here with permission.

About the author

Kenneth Waldman is a passionate Freelance Writer and also an Editorial Assistant at NinjaEssays.com. The areas of his interest include the latest education trends and technologies, social media, self-improvement.

Russell Brand, famous comedian, actor, radio host, and activist, at the video below debunks all established standards of society as we know it. It makes references to our (limited) perception, that there are energies, vibrations, frequencies that are everywhere around us, which we can not perceive.

He also explains that we are spiritual beings, trapped temporarily in the physical plane, that we all should live spiritual lives, and that we can, even for a moment at least, get a small taste of this infinity, the unity of everything. Within us there is infinite ability to connect with the whole universe, but if we don’t have access to our spirituality, if you don’t cultivate this inner connection, we suffer as individuals, as a society.

Watch this wonderful video, which is an awesome collection of his inspired interviews.

 

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