Can you experience reality as it is and stay with the “What is?” If the answer is yes, then you will succeed no matter what. On the other hand if you think you lack resilience at this present moment, then I invite you to build capacity for the “what is” in every moment.
If one thinks that their assets are what they have in their bank account and the house they own, they have truly devalued themselves. Your inner integrity is the most valuable asset you have. If you can be honest with yourself and take a good look inside, you will see that you can make do with out your assets, but you cannot thrive without inner integrity.
Complacency is so subtle, it takes humility and awareness to recognize what is truly going on. It gives you a false sense of comfort and well being. If you want to live a purpose filled life and want to have a massive impact in your community, then complacency is not your friend.
Inner satisfaction is crucial to your success and well-being. Your inner satisfaction will determine how well you live your life on a day-to-day basis. When you realize that what you have is enough, that’s when the existential angst evaporates and you realize that who you are is here, fully present, experiencing life as it is.
Breakthrough transformation usually happens in silence, when the chattering of the mind has stopped. The truth reveals itself when the ego is not involved. It is a process that can be introduced in ones life through meditation, art, yoga and process orientated retreats. Real transformation is life enhancing, nurturing and leads one to living their life’s purpose in a conscious and profound way.
Our habits and behaviors shape our destiny. I have been to hell and back and when I look back, I wouldn’t change a thing. For it is through my experiences I have discovered the power of life transforming habits.
“Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison
Quitting is easy, but it takes a lot of courage to keep going when you can’t see the end result. One way to not loose your focus is to smell, taste, feel and touch what success looks like for you. My teacher Goenkaji used to say, “The path is very long…but every step on the path will take you to the final goal. Keep taking steps on the path.”
Feeling sorry for oneself is an energy draining, self-destructive habit. Self-pity turns an intelligent human being into a victim and creates a very toxic relationship with friends and family. It stops one from recognizing that the ego has a chokehold on them and is masquerading as their friend.
Emotionally intelligent beings experience reality as it is, not as they would like it to be. Another trait emotionally intelligent people have is that they don’t indulge in addictive behaviors. They know that escaping reality is not an option. They have come to realize through their own life experiences that the safest place is in the eye of the storm, where you experience the “what is” and then make an informed choice based on inner integrity.
The best antidote for self-pity is: strong work ethic, walking ones talk and staying focused on ones life’s purpose.
Everyday when we wake up in the morning, we go through an energy distribution phase where we make a decision, consciously or unconsciously on what we are going to focus on. Empowering habits lead to a successful life. Whereas, disempowering habits lead us to mediocrity in every aspect of life.
I am excited that I have been invited to teach a cultured sourdough workshop by Sprouts cafe at University of British Columbia on March 30th. In this workshop graduate students at UBC will discover how to make healthy sourdough bread without using any baking soda, baking powder, commercial yeast or corn starch. Most baked goods that are produced commercially are not health sustaining long term. As they contain too much sugar, butter, and undigestible flour. Sourdough baking is a delicious, sugar and dairy free alternative, that not only tastes good but is easy to digest.
The amazing thing about cultured sourdough baking is that the carbohydrates are pre-digested during the process of culturing and the nutrients are made more bio-available. The lactic acid in sourdough slows down the rate at which glucose is released in the blood stream. And also lowers the cultured baked good’s glycemic index.
Cultured Sourdough Baking Workshop
March 30th, 2017
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm