Time Flies… when you are creating your Reality…

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There was a time, when someone says they have been on a journey, it really means that they have travelled to a different country, but nowadays, being on journey is being more and more associated with an inwards reflecting personal meta-physical journey.

The reason I am reflecting on journeys, is that I too sense an inward journey in the past few years since i started on the journey of understanding Law of Attraction (LOA). I no longer gloss over LOA as some dirty secret, hiding my beliefs from judgement of others who might think I have gone a bit ‘new age-y’ and a whole lot of ‘hippie’! Instead, I casually drop it into conversations that I am wholly and fully responsible for my life and that I create my reality with my thoughts, beliefs and feelings.

Does my husband glances at me like I have lost the plot?! Do my friends look at me sympathetically thinking I don’t quite live in the real world?! Yes, but that’s besides the point! I am lot more comfortable with sharing my journey because so many manifestations, both wanted and unwanted, have come my way that current existing mainstream thinking (we are at the mercy of our environment) cannot explain alone and I can no longer ignore the coincidences. There is something greater, more profound at work here and we have the power to shape it whether we choose to believe it or not.

So I have decided to re-open this blog to share my stories as well as others, and hope to share the journey will you all!

A Work-a-holic’s Story : Financial Freedom – Manifesting at its best.

In terms of wealth & money, I have always affirmed that I live a comfortable life, but in recent months work contrasts have shown up, which has led to feel like I need more financial freedom. So few days back, I spent time on myself, my thoughts and tried to get clarity on what i really wanted. So did some journalling work, including writing down desiring more money (other than through my job!) and financial freedom.

And today, as I  have doing some admin work at home, I came across quite a few letters that i have been ignoring for the best part of few years ( the ones that sit in the non-urgent pile!). One of the letters was about share-dealing account I used to have that I don’t really use any more and so it felt like the right time to ring them up and close it up. Thought the phone call, it transpired that not only it was domant (and empty!) as I thought, but actually had around £8,000 in shares and further £2,000 in dividends! I had no recollection of these shares as they were from an old company I used to work for, who paid their bonus as shares one of the years (worth few hundred pounds at the most!). The amount has grown over the last 10 years or so to a significant amount, enough to help me towards the business venture / financial freedom that I was seeking!

Thank you Universe! 🙏🏽

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The thing called work…

At the beginning of the year I had one of the best jobs that I had in my career, at least from the point of view of having had a great work life balance, control over what I needed to do and liking the people that I worked with. Then something inside me compelled me to change roles and fast forward 6 months and I am in a job that is really busy, I have lost a lot of my autonomy and I don’t feel like I am in control of my own work. One of the first initial thoughts was ‘have I made a mistake? Should have I stuck to the role I knew and I was comfortable with?’ However, the part that compelled me to move, deep down knew that not only this is a good learning experience, but vital for me to move forward and that this will contribute to who I want to be, even if I fully don’t understand what it is at the moment.

When I joined the team, some of my colleagues were putting in 45-50 hours a week and this was considered a norm in this particular team. For me, someone with a young child, differing home priories and charity commitments (and not to mention blogging commitments!), this certainly wasn’t the norm, but also near impossible. The old me would have given up before I even started soon as I saw the hours the others put in, or at the very least I would not have been motivated to perform at my best as I would have assumed I am on a downward slope anyway.

However, with my new found wisdom though law of attraction, setting positive intensions and using mindfulness, I decided to give my new work role a full-hearted go, which is a real test of my beliefs as well as my ability. My overall goal for this role was that I will not only survive this role, but I will thrive in this role, while also maintaining my work life balance no matter what and not compromising on the quality & quantity of time I spend with my daughter.

My morning routine for work consists of setting my intensions in the morning just as I am waking up and then doing a quick meditation session on my commute to work. Sometimes, I listen to audio books by great self-help teachers such as Dr Wayne Dyer and Abraham Hicks, while also listening to upbeat music before I walk into work. On the way back, I also tend to write down all the things I was grateful for the day and sometimes when I do have a bad day, writing it down also helped me to get perspective on the issue.

Here are some of the main intensions I have been setting myself every morning:

  • I felt good at work today
  • I had a relaxing day at work and I come home energized
  • I had a sense of achievement today, completing all the tasks that I wanted to
  • I have built some of the best working relationships that I can
  • I helped someone at work today
  • I finished my work at 5.30 today
  • I had learned something new at work
  • I had a wonderful day at filled with fun and laughter at work

All my intensions are usually in past tense and there is a good reason for it; I will say it to myself in past tense and then I will close my eyes and visualise how I would feel at the end of the day when I have achieved these intensions and try and hold on to that feeling as much as I can.

One of the other techniques that have helped me is mindfulness towards my tasks and towards my feelings while I am work. In the past, not only my mind will wonder during mundane tasks, but also I will move from one task to another without completing it and getting distracted. When I have a lot of work to do, I try and prioritise as much as I can and I stick to one task at a time while being mindful when my attention waivers. This way, I can concentrate on the most value add tasks and go home when I need to. One of the other sides to mindfulness is compassion; I think this is one of the most important tools in the modern work place. By practicing more compassion and less judgement, I started seeing even the most difficult people as not difficult, but as individuals who are having a difficult time themselves and need my kindness, not anger or frustration.

Looking back at the past few months, all of these tools and techniques have helped me to make my work life not just bearable, but really enjoyable. Some of my colleagues have commented on my positive attitude and my ‘bounce-back-ability’ even during turbulent times. I know this is not my long term future, but it the short term it is serving my purpose of giving opportunities to test out my beliefs while building up skills and knowledge on a professional and personal basis. Ultimately, I know this is all part of my happiness journey though the thing called life….

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you generally positive about your appearance or do you think ‘only if I was slimmer, prettier, little bit more toner etc’ or all together ‘I wish I was someone else?!’ I would be lying if I hadn’t felt the latter lot of the times in when I look in the mirror. Our insecurities, all the things that are wrong with our face, body, the way we act or something we said wrong, all seem to be somehow exaggerated when we look in the mirror. In the modern world that we live in, comparing ourselves and judging ourselves against others is often too easy. This goes deeper than just appearances; often our self-worth is based on what we see in the mirror, rightly or wrongly.

How you feel about yourself, and you can catch a glimpse of that when you look in the mirror, is the key your relationships and everything about you. In the personal development, self-improvement arena, there is more and more focus on using mirror as one of the tools to build self-esteem. One of the techniques I came across is by Robert Holden, who advocates standing in front of a mirror and using positive affirmations to overcome your ego and reach self-acceptance.

Over the years, I have come to the realisation that loving yourself, not just your appearance, but loving truly who you are one of the main keys to eternal happiness. This means forgiving yourself when you make a mistake, being kind to yourself when you look in the mirror and generally treating yourself like how you would treat the person who hold close to your heart. After does it not make sense to fill yourself with love before loving others?!

So starting today, why don’t you try being a little bit kinder to yourself when you see yourself in the mirror. Start with little acknowledgments; little things you like about yourself and perhaps an affirmation or two; ‘I am loved’ or ‘I am enough’. Being kind to yourself in the mirror does not take too long or need much effort, but results can actually be quite surprising.