Passionate About You

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Passion—any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling

Passion—a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm or desire for anything


Passion is a word that seems to be excessively used and confused with purpose and interestingly paired with work.  It has found its way into all sorts of environments—school, work, places of worship, neighborhood communities, etc. It has become a buzzword-like phenomena since we are told to constantly follow it.

We often hear people say that they are passionate about X or Y, but it always seems like the focus is on some external thing or force. I am pretty certain that if you asked a bunch of people what they are passionate about that you would get a bunch of varying responses. But most likely it would be about work, a hobby, a community, a relationship or an interest or call to something like music, art, learning, science, health, etc. Why does it seem that our passions are drawn to other things and people outside of ourselves?

You will not hear many people say that they are passionate about themselves. Maybe this is because it seems too self-centered or self-serving or just uncomfortable to say that we have a powerful emotion or enthusiasm for ourselves. It is just not in the “norms” of society. Maybe it is because we are not fully comfortable or accepting of ourselves or have not really spent time to know ourselves. Moon moodllow

Or could it be that through being passionate about things or people and pursuing those passions this contributes to our own well-being and happiness. It is sort of the training wheels for being passionate about ourselves. Through the experiences we have in being passionate about other things or people we learn to know how to be passionate about ourselves.

Common lore holds that when you follow your passion, bliss ensues. Which leads me to being passionate about yourself. I came across an informal poll online that asked people what they were passionate about. The one response that stood out for me was “my passion is having happiness within myself no matter what the situation.”

Being passionate about you is not selfish or conceded. It is being in-tune with yourself and thinking about and doing things (taking action) that fuels your soul. Being passionate about yourself leads you to discoveries of purpose, gives you fresh perspectives and new outlooks.

So, it is perfectly fine to have strong interests or emotions for something outside of yourself as these help you learn about yourself and contribute to who you are. Likewise, it is perfectly fine to be passionate about who you are—you—and not defined by those other things or people.

Mental Trickery

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The human mind is a funny thing. For example, when we try to remember something we just for some reason can’t, it seems the harder we try, the more we push the memory away from becoming conscious. Then all of the sudden, when we stop thinking about it and are engaged in doing something completely different, bam!, it hits us and the memory surfaces and we remember.

Repetition seems to have a powerful effect on our minds. The more we repeat certain phrases or concepts, the more they become imprinted, hence the power of mantras and affirmations. Our minds are not a straightforward thing, humans have for centuries tried to plumb its depth to gain a more clear understanding of exactly how it works.

Sigmund Freud was the first to offer a model of separating the mind into three levels of awareness or consciousness – conscious, subconcious and unconscious. Some people use the term superconsious instead of unconscious. We can flow in and out of the different levels at almost any time really, although most of us do not have the control to consciously do it as we please.

There are some people who subscribe to the theory that the human mind works like a computer, (or was even modeled after one). If this is the case, it explains a lot. Our brain would be the hard-drive and the mind a form of program, where we can also download other programs and information to enhance our knowledgebase/mindset.

Another concept that I have read about and find interesting is that our minds, brains and really the universe as a whole are holographic in nature, as proposed by neurophysiologist Dr. Karl Pribram. If our minds and reality work like a hologram, this also can explain a lot, especially the non-local nature of our brains memory storage, amongst other many almost seemingly unexplainable mental feats. Feats such as people being able to speak foreign and almost lost ancient languages they never recall learning. Swirling mind

There are other concepts of how the mind may work, but in the end what matters most is what works for us to create the reality we would like to experience. One thing that I have noticed over time with myself and others, it that the idea of mental ‘trickery’ comes in to play quite often. This is especially true when it comes to teaching and learning, as well as with healing. By using trickery in learning, it involves confounding a current belief structure in order to perceive another.

We all have certain paradigms of belief that we subscribe to. Some of us can more fluidly transition from one paradigm or belief structure to another. Those that don’t transition so easily, or even at all for that matter are known to be very stubborn or hard-headed people. Sometimes they won’t see that something (or can’t see the forest for the trees so to speak) that will change they way the look at something even if the hard evidence is staring them right in the face.

They just don’t want to believe it and are set in their ‘ways’.  In cases like these, trickery must be especially employed to help that person evolve and expand their constrained belief structure, and even then sometimes it just doesn’t work. Only time and a mass shift in collective concsiousness and acceptance of that ‘something being what it is’ will change their belief structure or paradigm they hold so dearly on to.

Healing ourselves and are bodies are another very effective way trickery can work and come in to play. The placebo and nocebo effects come to mind. Taken from wikipedia – “Mental states such as beliefs, expectations and anticipation can strongly influence the outcome of: disease; experience of pain; and even success of surgery. Positive expectations regarding a treatment can result in more positive outcomes and this effect is known as the placebo effect, and the opposite would be true for the nocebo effect.

Telling someone you gave them an amazing life saving miracle drug or treatment (when in reality it’s just a sugar pill or just something made up) can have the ability to trick that person’s mind into believing they are healed and their physical body reacts accordingly and actually heals itself. The human mind is super powerful and capable of amazing feats, especially when its ‘tricked’.

The mind works in mysterious ways. Some people have been able to train themselves through various types of hypnosis (and even self-hypnosis), mantras, affirmations, and other forms of mental training to program their minds to work so effectively they see the results on their bodies and in their creative physical reality fairly quickly. One could argue that any of these methods or tools are forms of trickery, to have the mind and body work in desired ways and thus create desired outcomes beyond our ‘normal’ thought process.

How can you use ‘mental trickery’ to enhance your life?

Check in on your Frequency

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“Vibe high and the magic around you will unfold.”

Akilnathan Logeswaran


In this blog we have often spoke about vibration. Everything in the Universe is vibrational in nature, including you. The essence of what you are is pure energy with vibrational frequency that oscillates. Your vibrational frequency essentially determines your quality of experiences—situations, opportunities and relationships.

As we are living in time of great change and evolution with what seems like a continuous stream of conflicts and challenges, it can be difficult not to be impacted and to have associated feelings of frustration, fear, doubt, confusion and even blame.  On the spectrum of vibration frequency these are on the lower side vs the higher vibrational frequencies of joy, calm, happiness, etc.

Now more than ever it is important to check in on your vibrational frequency and to keep tabs on it. Your vibrational frequency is determined by what dominates your thoughts and the beliefs you hold in your consciousness. Think for a moment of when you feel good and the thoughts you have. Think for a moment of when you feel bad and the thoughts you have.

As we are humans, it is normal to have variations in our frequencies as our thoughts are impacted by what is going on around us, and it is possible to vibrate at different frequencies on different topics and in different settings. But when you start to have an imbalance and your thoughts are generating lower vibration frequencies, it may be time to take action to raise your thoughts. cosmic frequency2

Vibration is influenced by thought, and for the most part this is done at an unconscious level. Your mind is like a powerful quantum computer and if you are not checking in on how its programmed it can easily be run by external forces such as media, family, institutions, etc. If you are not paying close attention your lower vibrating frequencies will impact your intentions and attract or manifest more of what you do not want.

Think about it this way, as your thoughts become more life affirming and encouraging your life will respond likewise. Overall, it is about becoming responsible for your mental energy, and if you want to raise your vibration you need to raise your thoughts.

All of our natural vibration is high but we often let in worries, judgement, victimhood, holding onto the past in some way, among others that interfere with this natural frequency. Plus, what keeps us vibrating low is when we consciously focus on what we do not want or do not like and imagine future undesirable outcomes or experiences. The good news is that at any given moment you can become responsible for how you feel and how you vibrate, and raise your mental and emotional energy.

But to master this you need to practice this. It is critical to work at mastering your thoughts-knowing that, yes, our vibrations will oscillate and many times the reset button will be hit.  There is no magic answer or process and most likely changing your view of the world will not happen overnight.  So, in short, you cannot look at this from a “to-do” or “check list” perspective. To help you on your way below are some guidelines.

  • Reclaim your worth and stop asking the outside world to prove that you are worthy
  • Appreciate yourself and listen to yourself
  • Release disempowering beliefs of victimhood and being powerless
  • Stop giving your power away by reacting to low vibrating people or situations
  • Take conscious responsibility for your life and be a conscious creator
  • Remove the drama
  • Practice gratitude
  • Laugh more

I encourage you to take your first steps today to checking and raising your vibration.

Don’t Rush (to the end of your story)

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You ever notice that we tend to live in a world of rushing—moving quickly to get from point A to point B, to get something done or to hurry to a next “thing” in our lives. Most of us see this everyday and many of us experience it first-hand most days. We are rushing out the door to get to work or school, to make an appointment on-time, to finish a project, take care of housework, etc.

For some it materializes in impatience—minor impatience when having to wait in line somewhere to major impatience such as can’t wait to finish school, wrap up a major project or get through some life event or experience.

There are many variations on the meaning of the word rushing—including trying to do many things or to go to a lot of places in a short period of time. But the one that caught my attention is from, which is: the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner.

Why it caught my attention was the piece about “in a careless manner.” If you are rushing to be somewhere, get something done, be someone different, etc., you can get so caught up in the action that you are not paying attention to where you are now and you get distracted by or tangled up in thoughts of some future state. That adrenaline surge from rushing around can disrupt your focus (not to mention raise your blood pressure and heart rate, as well a cortisol levels). All in all—not good. Lighted Tree Field

We know that it is not good for us. We tell ourselves to relax, breath and to be patient, but we still do it—find ourselves rushing. We, in a sense, are rushing our life story—somehow thinking that if we can just fast forward to “done” on some things we will be able to move on or forward, relax or be calm or be in some overall better state. We are caught up in a future-focused mentality (and society). But for a moment think about what you are doing to yourself when you rush, and why you are rushing.

Some of it is culture—most of us live in a society that celebrates the overachievers and the high-flyers, and live in environments that expect growth, development and progress to happen overnight. It is instilled in us from a very young age to be on-time (if not early) and that somehow where we need to be or evolve to is more important than where we are right now at any given moment or who we are.

Yes, change and evolution is good (in fact, a constant), but rushing is not healthy. Think about it, when you are rushing around and through life it can be exhausting and draining. You are pushing against time, in a state of resistance and disregarding the present moment.  In short, you are not present when you are rushing.

So why do we do it? Some of it is habit. There is sort of this high or “rush” from rushing. It subconsciously is habitual or even addictive. It could be we are trying to avoid something—if we are not still we are distracted and do not have to address what we need to reflect upon. It could be that we are giving in to other’s judgments. If we are always in a state of urgency we are important and therefore more valued. We may have some ingrained belief that we need to compete and if we get somewhere first we have won, or we rush because we think it will be better where we are going.

When you feel yourself rushing, stop and take a breath and ask yourself “why?” Let go of that inner rush and appreciate where you are, be compassionate to yourself and let yourself get back to the moment. Not everything needs immediate attention. Allow yourself to take in where you are. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We are always getting ready to live but never living.” Being right where you are is living.

Push Pull

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 

Jalaluddin Rumi


In this blog we often address the concepts of the Universal truths and our soul’s intention and purpose. We have explored being at peace with yourself, where you are and where you have been, and that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at any given point in your life as we are here to experience. These experiences create who we are and how we evolve.

With this, we have given insight into the careful manifestation of intent. The Universe will put in front of us opportunities that help direct us to our evolution and next phase or season of our lives, and ultimately provide what we need.

This does not necessarily mean that we should idly wait for things to happen. We need to be in-tune with ourselves and our surroundings and understand ourselves as best as we can so that when opportunities—be it through the channels of events, people, information—are presented we can clearly see them and decide the energy we invest in them.

But note, that it can be difficult to put energy and focus into an externality without first investing energy in yourself—your mind, body and soul. When you have a better understanding of yourself—what motivates you, what you like and do not like, your values, your beliefs, your true intentions and goals—then you have more confidence in your instincts and are able to ascertain or evaluate the opportunities put on your path.cosmic cloud wave

This brings me to what I would like to explore in this post—that of push and pull motivation. Push motivations are when we push ourselves toward our goals or to achieve something. This something can be a range of things, from good health, financial security, prestige, etc. Push motivation can be easily influenced by our upbringing, other’s expectations, misunderstood values or beliefs.

These forces can easily confuse why we are doing something. The intention or goal may sound or feel like what we aspire to achieve, but along the way too much noise gets in and we can find ourselves driving toward a goal that is not relevant any longer or not really what we want. In general, push motivation is when we are essentially pushing ourselves away from something to something else.

Pull motivation is defined as the opposite of push. Pull motivation is when we are drawn to a deeply desired point. With pull motivation, we are not pushing ourselves away from something, be it a set of circumstances, relationships, what we do not like or what we fear, and that are quite influenced by expectation. We are being pulled toward something.

In pull motivation, we get beyond the noise so that we are able to listen to our instincts and our deeply held wishes and intentions. In pull motivation we tap into our most inner selves and the subsequent actions we take are aligned with our values and beliefs, and with our purpose.  Pull motivation comes from a place of a sense of presence and engagement. This is a much stronger motivation and where we can more clearly see the opportunities that are presented to us and know when it feels “right” to pursue them.

Savor the Season: It’s not too late

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It is about half way through summer in the Northeast US as we are about to turn the calendar page to August. How did that happen? And where did the time go?  For many of us, the excitement about the upcoming summer and the things we resolved to do (or not do) seem to have have melted in the summer heat and humidity.

You know that list — take some time off, go to the beach (lake, mountains), read a good book, get together more with friends and family, have more BBQs or just in general kick back on some nice summer nights.  And here we find ourselves looking at August with the feeling of being a bit defeated that we have not really put into action some items on that list, and may even say to ourselves “next summer will be different,” and “I like the fall better anyway.”

Some of that excitement about summer comes from when we where kids and school let out for the summer—and we stood in front of about 10 weeks of no school commitments and a nice lazy summer. Some of our expectation on summer are also fueled by the fact that it is the popular time to take work vacations and/or it was when you went away with your family and friends when you were young.

With this, we have this built-in mind-set that we have to do something fun and go away in the summer—plus we do look forward to longer sunny days and all the typical traditions (and feelings) of summer. Regardless, we—like we do on 31 December when we make New Year’s Resolutions—set our thoughts, ideas and plans for what we will do or how we will modify our behaviors or routines over the summer. leaning palms

Then it happens. We really don’t do what we set out to do or we don’t follow through on our intentions. We get bogged down in work or extra-curricular activities. We get side-tracked or distracted. We let some noise in and may even make up excuses. Maybe our expectations are set too high. We have some over-inflated series of fond memories of special summers and we are trying to recreate them.

But it is OK. We can start right now. We can do a reset and take some small steps to work in the things we had envisioned for our summers. It is never too late and we can still savor the season.  You can make time and space—even if in small batches or sprints.

Maybe as kids we had the innate thrill of the uncommon or new that the summer gave us and as we got older that thrill somehow faded as we tied ourselves up in “grown up life.” But we can work to remind ourselves of that thrill of the uncommon by simply changing up a few things. Think about that feeling and do a few things that gets you in the mindset.

This can be as simple as eating dinner outside on your patio vs standing over the kitchen sink, stop for a cold sweet treat, find a place to sit even for a few minutes in the summer sun (or shade) or take that vacation day and not use it to clean your house. Go out to the park, the beach, the lake, the county fair, etc.  And while I’m at it, these little treats of the uncommon don’t have to be reserved for the summer or have to be so uncommon. We all can work it a little “summer vacation” into our daily lives!

In Motion

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“I move, therefore I am.”

~ Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

As humans it is hard to be still. We tend to want continuous motion or progression. Maybe it is because it has been instilled in us since a very young age with an evolving list of milestones, such as first steps, first words, first dates, advancement through school, first job, promotions at work, or accolades, awards and recognition for contributions or achievements.  As we get older, we seemingly are driven to get to the next milestone, sometimes not only for ourselves but for some type of social acceptance or inclusion.

Maybe our desire for continuous motion comes from the evolutionary process of the human development, whereby we progressed our physical and behavioral traits over a period of six million years from apelike to where we are today. As we are more advanced human beings (relative to where we began and where are are now, but noting via ascension progression will continue), there are times where we feel like we are being idle or, at least, not moving forward in our personal lives. shooting past earth

In this state we seek more—to do more, be more—or to do or be something different.  We may feel that if we are still too long, we are not advancing or we are losing our “edge” and therefore losing our relevancy or sustainability. We ask ourselves are we personally becoming extinct or an “endangered species.”

It may be that we are not discontent or unhappy, but feeling bored. Our bodies and souls feel a need for new experiences, but where we want or need to have those experiences are not yet formed or built. We are waiting for various pieces to come together, and it can be difficult to see that our current experiences and people put on our path are all part of the evolution.

We can have gratitude for where we are and what we have but still feel a desire (maybe an instinct) to have forward motion. It is not that we are being ungrateful or selfish. We simply have the human desire to cultivate other things in our lives—to make a contribution, to be creative, to help others, etc., and this is movement.

If we have movement, we may feel more alive and in the moment. It may not necessarily be about advancement for more or better, but the movement is almost like a catalyst for our purpose and our existence.

Movement helps us make sense of the world and ourselves. Movement is fundamental to our sense of self and existence.

Cultivating Calm

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Many of us often find ourselves in states where our minds keep racing, we can’t relax, our bodies are tense and tend to be on high alert and we find ourselves on edge more than we like. We wake up frequently over the night or have a hard time winding down and falling asleep.

There will always be stressors and pressures, but we have to remember that how we react and the impact is up to us. As Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.”

We do not have to resign ourselves to feeling on edge or letting outside forces, people or circumstances get to us. This does not have to be an accepted (or even expected) way of living. It is not a badge of honor and it does not have to be chalked up to “this is life.”  We all have the ability to cultivate calm by practicing healthy techniques.

We have all experienced those moments of feeling that everything is right and good in our worlds, where we feel at peace and content and where the constant noise in our heads is silenced. They can be quite fleeting, but they do give us a glimpse into being calm. But through a conscious choice we can learn to emphasize those feelings in our lives. We can teach ourselves ways to achieve peace of mind from the inside, and within ourselves. Here are a few “best practices” that you can incorporate into life. zen landscape

Turn down the stimuli

There is a lot of noise in our world—constant messages and alerts, 24/7 feeds of information, traffic, etc. But you can make a conscious decision to dial it down. Step away from the TV or computer, get off of social media and carve out time to remove yourself from crowds and noisy places.

Get Outside

Getting fresh air and some sunshine does a body and mind good. Take a break even if for five or ten minutes to get outside. Take deep breaths and simply feel the sun and air.

Turn up the Beauty

There are things that are beautiful to us—flowers, a picture, music, etc. Incorporate into your environment some things that capture your senses and lower your blood pressure

Do Something You Enjoy

Finding and doing something you enjoy transitions your thoughts away from the stress. The “something” does not have to be something big or expensive. In fact, the simple things can make the biggest impact. For some it’s baking or cooking, for some reading, for some taking a hike or walk and for others just sitting in a favorite lounge chair in the sun.

Create a Mantra

When you start to feel overwhelmed, stressed out, worried—when you feel that your calm is fading—the combination of deep breathing and repeating a calming mantra can help you reset and bring you back to center.

Smile and Say Thank You

You don’t have to perpetuate (or project) your feeling of anxiety, stress or tiredness. As you move through your day and encounter others be polite, greet people with a smile and say thank you.

Visualize a “Safe Place”

Sometimes it may be difficult to break away, practice your mantra or do a favorite activity. When you are in this position, steal away to the bathroom, your car or an empty room and for a few minutes visualize a place that you love, where you feel safe, peaceful and relaxed. Give yourself permission to stay there for a few minutes to bring calm back.

I’m sure there are other suggestions that may resonate with you. The key is to build your toolbox for cultivating calm and put the tools into practice.

Be Your Own Ambassador

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Ambassador: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment; an authorized representative or messenger.

As we go through life, especially once we hit adulthood, for the most part we get caught up in working for others and doing for others. This is fine, but in doing so we become brand ambassadors for others—our work, our school, our family, our friends—and we lose sight of our own personal brand and being the “authorized representative or messenger” for our sovereign selves or our individual sovereignty.

When countries speak of sovereignty it basically means their right to determine what goes on inside their borders. It is their right to exist as a self-determining, self-governing geographic area. When we speak about our own, personal sovereignty we mean our right to determine what goes on in our own lives based on who we are (our personal brand). It is not about having sovereignty over others—but being sovereign over ourselves, including individual empowerment and freedom.

As we grow into adults we increasingly take on more responsibilities, we conform to the rules and processes of institutions and systems and we get tangled up in an array of expectations. We begin to label or define (brand) ourselves by a check list of accomplishments or milestones that may not be truly ours. We begin to feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the world we navigate and find it easier to just go along with the masses, and inadvertently we stop defining ourselves. Clouds Sun Beach

In a way, we get branded by the circles or environments in which we live. Some of us may over time even feel compelled (either consciously or unconsciously) to promote or advocate for others, but not ourselves. With deadlines, commitments and overall just “doing” we forget about our identities. We lose sight of our unique value proposition. We may have a false sense of what is really important to us.

In the business world a brand is defined as a unique design, sign, symbol, words or combination of these that coalesce into an image that identifies a product and differentiates it from competitors. Over time this image becomes associated with a level of credibility and quality.

Using this as a parallel framework for how we define our own personal brand, it would be the combination of our unique thoughts, words and actions coupled with our values, beliefs and intentions that identify us and which differentiates ourselves from others. This is what you take into the world everyday. This is what you have agency over and for which you advocate as the only authorized representative of you.

I encourage you to take some time to think about your personal brand, your identity and overall sovereign self. Ask yourself if you are letting others define you and your life. Think about how much time you may be spending on promoting or advocating for others and by doing so, are you losing sight of yourself in the process. If you want change and to redefine yourself declare your sovereignty and start to be the ambassador of you.

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