Science of Meditation

‘The more modern science and the ancient science of mind come together and work together, the more our knowledge will be expanded. Then eventually we can educate humanity on the importance of our inner world, our mind, in order to promote peaceful families, a peaceful society and a peaceful world.’ – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Meditation and Mindfulness seems to be the buzz word at the moment whether it is in the media, every wellness magazine or at your local yoga class. The number of people practicing meditation is increasing exponentially, and I am no exception. It has not been an easy journey and it has taken me over 5 years to get the hang of it, but I am happy to say I am a regular meditator. In principle meditation is easy; close your eyes breathe and focus on quietening your mind. In reality, it can be really hard to get to that state where your mind is completely relaxed, but it is worth the effort.

There are many benefits associated with meditation and it is well documented in the psychotherapy world, and it is also increasingly being encouraged in the corporate world to promote overall wellness and productivity of employees. I work at a large bank and we have a monthly meditation sessions running across quite a few sites across the UK. For me this is not just an indication of the popularity of meditation, but an indication of the vast benefits of meditation.

Defining Meditation

Origins of meditation is often thought of as arising from ancient Eastern traditions including Buddhist and Hindu practices, but there are also evidence of meditative techniques in the west as far back as 20 BC. The best way to describe meditation is as state of thoughtless awareness. There are varieties of meditation techniques and practices, although some inevitably does involve sitting crossed legged and chatting, others most often involves sitting comfortably and focusing on breathing, and they do all have a common goal; to slow down, and eventually, stop the constant stream of cluttered thoughts and activities of our mind so you are left with pure awareness of the current moment, the NOW. For those who are more spiritually inclined, this is the point where you are often thought to connect with your higher self or the universe.

Neuroscience of Meditation

There have been several studies into the benefits of meditation, as far back as 1950’s and gaining more momentum in the last few decades as branches of science such as positive psychology have been established. There are clear evidence that long term meditation changes the structure of the brain including noticeable thicker cortex in areas processing attention, introspection (observation of one’s mental state) and sensory processing.

A study by Holzel et al., (2011) showed that meditation lead to increased brain tissue in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning and memory, as well as reduction in the amygdala, region connected with stress and anxiety.

Modern technology such as functional MRI scans have shown that meditative states have impact on our brain waves including reduction of beta waves (thinking state) which means that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would, therefore becoming more relaxed mentally and physically.

Other studies have also shown that people who mediated regularly had stronger activation of the brain that is associated with empathy and therefore leading more compassion.

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Wellness and Meditation

The list of benefits arising from continuous practice of mediation is vast and I have picked out a few that stood out for me:

  • Boosts your immune system – studies have even shown that mediation type relaxation can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and help in reducing infections.
  • Increase physical healing – known to help in post-operative healing.
  • Emotional Balance – i.e. Meditation can make you happier by increasing positive emotions and reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Helps to build better relationships – by building compassion and increasing emotional wellbeing.
  • Increases focus by improving attention and increasing memory.

Meditation and Law of Attraction

Meditation can be a really useful tool in the manifestation process of the law of attraction. When you want to attract something in your life that you desire, meditative state is perhaps the best point to connect with the universe at a subconscious level. A lot of ‘new thought’ thinkers point to ‘theta’ waves as the key to the optimal brain state where you can manifest your desires. Theta state is the deep relaxation light sleep stage often used in hypnosis to reach the trance-like state. If you can control this state, then you have heighten ability to focus and concentrate, giving you the ability to re-programme your thinking by visualisation and re-affirming your desires.

Tips for Meditation

  1. Start with choosing the right time and convenient place; perhaps early mornings and somewhere really quite and comfortable
  2. Make sure you are sitting comfortably – spine straight and feet firmly on the ground is sufficient. You don’t have to sit crossed legged if it is not comfortable!
  3. Start with the breath – Breathing deeply slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice
  4. Meditate with Purpose – meditation is an active process and focusing your attention on single point can help; perhaps meditating to be more compassionate or meditating for general wellbeing
  5. Notice your frustrations – don’t simply try and ignore it as it is more likely to become a larger thought; so notice and then let go by focusing on your breath or the sounds around you.
  6. Small steps in the right direction can go a long way – some people click to meditation like ‘duck to water’ but others may take a longer journey to a get to a point where they can confidently say they can meditate. The key is to keep practicing; even if it is just for few minutes a day.
  7. Experiment – try different types of meditation practices; perhaps a read a book on meditation; download a meditation app or attend a local class! Different methods work for different people.

‘Quite the mind, and the soul will speak’ – Ma Jaya Bhagavati

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Law of Attraction – Back to Basics

Law of attraction is the notion that we live in an energy based universe and universe works on the basis of ‘like attracts like’ and therefore working of our inner mind or our sub-conscious (energy we project out) has a direct impact on the working of the universe (energy we receive back). So if our thoughts, feelings and general attitudes are positive, i.e. we are sending out positive vibes to the universe, we will attract more positive experiences in our life. This also works vice versa, i.e. you send out negative vibes and you attract more negative experiences.

A universe that responds to our thoughts may sound far-fetched but some of the recent scientific discoveries in quantum physics and cosmology are by far stranger. The double slit experiment in particle physics tells us that at a sub-atomic level, the act of observation makes the particles behave differently (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc – DR Quantum’s version of the experiment).  While in cosmology, Cosmologists have theorised that 95% of the universe is made up of dark energy and dark matter which by far has stranger properties that matter, which is the only thing we know a little about (http://hubblesite.org/hubble_discoveries/dark_energy/de-what_is_dark_energy.php).

Although, phenomenon like double slit experiment or dark energy does not necessarily prove the existence of a universe which is influenced by our sub-conscious mind, but it has certainly encouraged me to be more opened minded as there is a lot of things in the universe that we do not understand yet.

With an open mind if we accept that the law of attraction exists, then we must accept that we are creating our own reality. I don’t mean that in a metaphorical ‘motivational-quote’ kind of a way, but in a literal way. If our thoughts are influencing the universe (by default that means the environment around us), then we are creating the circumstances in our life with our thoughts, intentionally or not. Welcome to your own personal Matrix world!

Law of Attraction – Mind Tools

There are many leading thought experts and facilitators out there who devise new tools and techniques to harness this knowledge so that as individuals and as a society we can live a life for the better. Here are some of the techniques used:

  • Creative visualisation – This essentially focuses our minds to create picture of our ideal future and imagine living it at the present moment.
  • Living life though Gratitude – being thankful for what you have and by doing so attracting more situations and circumstances that we will have to be grateful for.
  • Affirmation statements – stating exactly what you want in life but using present tense so your inner mind knows exactly what you want
  • Mirror work – what does a mirror do? It reflects; a bit like the Law Of universe. So mirror work essentially an opportunity to work on yourself and your thoughts in front of a mirror.
  • Practicing Mindfulness – Being aware of our thoughts and feelings (without judgement) is the first step in understanding and controlling our minds. By practicing mindfulness you get to know your thought patterns and so that any negative patterns can be changed.
  • Practicing Meditation – Similar to mindfulness, practicing mediation, we are able to quieten our minds and able to observe our thoughts. Additionally in a meditative state, we are more likely to access our sub-conscious mind and therefore able to influence our thoughts at a deeper level.

Law of Attraction – Resistance is Futile

There are loads of reasons why many people feel that law of attraction tools don’t work; or law of attraction does not work entirely. The problem is that if you think law of attraction doesn’t exist, well then the chances are that all the circumstances that show up in your life will convince you that it doesn’t exist. So to a certain extent, a leap of faith is needed; hence why law of attraction is often thought of as a spiritual practice.

Another pitfall is that your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes must be aligned to what you are trying to attract in your life. For example, you are trying to attract wealth in your life, but in the back of your mind you think money is the root of all evil, so it is very likely you will not succeed, after all you don’t want evil in your life do you?! This is where psychology techniques come into play to have self-awareness; know yourself and know what feels right and what doesn’t.  When you want to attract something that you fully believe in then it will come naturally, it will not be a struggle.

The classic reason why law of attraction doesn’t work for people is fear. We as human being are driven and to some extent protected by fear; it comes to us as naturally as love does. Problem is when you are fearful that you are not going to get what you desire more than the love you feel for your desire then it is likely that the fear will win out. You will not get what your heart desires. Let go of that fear, especially in the manifesting process; believe you will get what you want and believe it with your whole heart and mind.

As a Practitioner of law of attraction for many years (some intentionally and some unintentionally!), knowing the law and applying it are two different things. I still suffer from resistance when I am trying to attract things I want in my life, but it is getting easier to work out what my resistance is. It does take time for you to work out what you really want and sometimes it feels like it takes time for the universe to deliver your want and you know what, that is okay! Time gives you that chance to reflect and really work out what you want.  Sometimes it turns out that something that you wanted for a long time is not something that you actually needed. So that’s where the saying come from; ‘be careful what you wish for’; because your wishes do come true!

History and Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction is the belief that you will attract into your life whatever you think about and focus on and this has been popularised by the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne (2006). Whether you are a fan of the book or not, The Secret has been responsible for popularising the law of attraction and bringing this concept to the attention of the world. One of the claims of the book is that Law of Attraction has been around for a long time and that it can be traced back though history to 3000 BC, where ‘The Secret’ which the Law of Attraction was recorded in stone. According to the book, the law, in one form or another, has appeared in Babylonian times to religions such as Hinduism, Hermetic traditions, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. So did us humans have this knowledge as far as that or is this something recent, a new age science?! How far back can you really trace it back to history?

Beginnings…

Of course for many believers, there is only one beginning for Law of Attraction and that is when the universe came into existence. Even if we accept that the Law of Attraction existed at the beginning of universe, we must also accept the fact that Human awareness of the law is perhaps a crucial point in its existence. According to theoretical physicist John Wheeler, colleague of Albert Einstein, we live in a participatory universe and that our observations might actually contribute to the creation of physical reality. In other words we are not simply bystanders in the physical universe but we are shapers and creators living in a participatory universe.

The term Law of Attraction seems to have made an appearance in the late 19th century books including Isis Unveiled by Helen Blatvatsky (1887) and Prentice Mulford’s essays in 1891. One of the strong influencers of the New Thought Movement, Thomas Troward claimed in 1904 :

the action of Mind plants that nucleus which, if allowed to grow undisturbed, will eventually attract to itself all the conditions necessary for its manifestation in outward visible form’.

Of course one of the other famous books on the subject is the ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ by Wallace D Wattles (1910), the inspiration for the book ‘The Secret’, which also has similar principles, of objects you desire and focus on will lead to that object or goal being realized in the material plane.

So is late 19th century is the real beginning of awareness of Law of Attraction? Well it depends on your view point and your interpretation.

Ancient connections…

The stone tablet that is referred in The secret is based on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes which is said to have existed in 3000 BC although it is first mentioned in Arabic texts in 6th and 8th centuries and there has been many translations of it including one by Issac Newton which states:

‘That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above, working the miracles of one’

Again depending on your view point, you can interpret this as saying that universe (above) and us (below) are connected and us and universe can work as one to achieve miracles.

Law of attraction can also be loosely supported by Hindu philosophy, based on the belief that there is a supreme universal force (Brahman) and that each soul (athma) is connected to this one ultimate reality.

Personally having come from a Hindu background, it has been ingrained in me from childhood that there is such things as a soul, our consciousness, and this is connected to the universe. So the concept of Law of Attraction, where we live in a universe that is affected by our thoughts, feelings and actions doesn’t seem so strange of a concept. In actual fact, it makes me believe more in the power of prayer! After all, isn’t praying to god or Supreme Being just like stating your intensions to the universe?! Or perhaps it really does depend on your view point.

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Psychology and Law of Attraction

 Visualisation & Law of Attraction

A true believer of Law of Attraction believes that the universe can help you to attract what you desire in your life. However, many believers still struggle to receive their desired outcome and this is often down to that fact that there are too many thoughts and emotions happening to us at a subconscious level, which is often difficult to control.  To influence this, one of the main techniques used is ‘visualisation’. Creating images in your brain of what it would be like to have achieved your goal or your desired outcome. Using your imagination to create vivid, colourful pictures and imagining what success looks like and feels like, you bring the future into the present moment. This creates more of a powerful magnet than just intending though thought processes.

This type of visualisation should help to bring thoughts, feelings, words and emotions and actions in line with your outcome. In the ASK, BELIEVE, RECEIVE 3 step process, visualisation helps with the BELIEVE step, by giving a tool that tune your thoughts to think what it would be like when you have received it. By imagining you have achieved your outcome, you are removing doubt and negativity and attracting the outcome into your life.

For psychologists, visualisation is nothing new. Visualisation is used for goal setting in the corporate world, in treatment of patients in behavioural therapies, visualisation is used as a means of control in an uncontrollable situation and even in world of sports visualisation plays a big part in outcomes. Great sports personalities such as Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney and Jessica Ennis-Hill regularly performs visualisation sessions before games to achieve their goals. For example, when Jonny Wilkinson (one of England’s best rugby union players), is required to kick for goal, he uses a visualisation routine to help him put the ball between the posts: “I visualise the ball travelling along that path and imagine the sensation of how the ball is going to feel when it hits my foot for the perfect strike.”(The Telegraph, UK) Psychology and Law of Attraction are not mutually exclusive; there are a lot of synergies between Law of Attraction and Psychology, particularly in relation to Positive Psychology (see below). Positive psychology and law of attraction are like the two sides of the same coin, a coin that has been placed on table, with one side up and other side hidden. It is easier to work with Positive Psychology as it’s the known, proven side, while with Law of Attraction, is like the hidden side of the coin, you know it exists, but you just cannot see it!

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Is Law of Attraction a version of Positive Psychology?

What is Positive Psychology? A rather newish area of scientific study of Psychology, developed in the 1990’s, focused on the belief that ‘people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play’(from Positive Psychology Center, Penn). Positive psychologists are concerned with four topics: (1) positive experiences, (2) enduring psychological traits, (3) positive relationships and (4) positive institutions.

From socio-psychological point of view, focus on Positive Psychology is often beneficial, given that as humans we have something called a ‘negative bias’; a negative thought or emotion will have much more of an impact on a person’s behaviour and cognition, compared to something equally positive. This is an evolutionary trait which has helped our ancestors to survive their harsh environment by helping them to be more tuned into the dangers and pitfalls that surrounded them, rather be concerned with more positive emotions such as happiness and joy. This isn’t to say that our ancestors were very unhappy people, but more to the fact that given their fight for survival, they were less focused on pursuit of happiness.

Positive psychology topics such as self-belief, enduring psychological traits such as resilience to adversity and how you manage your relationships, also play an important part in law of attraction. You cannot have persistence pessimistic thoughts and expect the law of attraction to work in your favour. Same goes for resilience, if visualisation and other techniques don’t work, then do you give up or do you persist? While Advocators of Law of Attraction may say visualisation and positive statements enable the universe to attract a solution into your life, while psychologist may describe visualisation and positive statements as a tool for the subconscious mind to focus and look for creative ways of problem solving. But in both cases, there are greater chances of success than when there is no pre-thought out goal or outcome. We are very social creatures and human interactions and relationships play a big part in our wellbeing, happiness and to enable us to live a fulfilling life.

One thing all psychologist and law of attraction believers will agree on is that you cannot change someone without them wanting to change themselves. So how you manage your relationships is quite important as the only person who you have control over is yourself. Law of attraction encourages filling your mind with positivity and love for yourself and well as those around you. Be grateful for everything you have and be thankful for all the love and connections you have in your life. I don’t think any psychologist, positive or otherwise, would disagree with that. Loving yourself is a really important step to building great relationships with others. After all, if you cannot love yourself, how can you expect others to do so?!

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Is Law of Attraction merely a result of focus?

The ability for us to pay particular attention to the task at hand, and ignore other distractions is what we describe as focus. It is generally accepted in the field of psychology that the more focused we are, the more successful we will be at reaching our goals. So I have to ask myself, is Law of Attraction merely a focus tool? The more we think about something, the more we visualise, the more attention we bring to something, therefore we succeed at it. Out prefrontal cortex, just behind our forehead is working hard on our behalf to manage behaviour, helping us to prioritise and focus. For example, I want to succeed in my exam, so I devote more and more time on it. I visualise myself achieving it and, I actually study, ignore any other distractions. My increased focus and attention on my exams meant that I actually pass the exams. Does that mean it was Law of Attraction that worked in this case or was it purely my ability to focus?!

I think the answer is bit more complex than saying it was the Law of Attraction or it was purely my focus and hard work. You cannot expect law of attraction to work, if you decided you will leave it up to the universe and not study! Your thoughts may be asking to pass the exams, but your conscious actions (which cannot happen without thought process), is doing the opposite. This is a bit like the story of the poor Italian man who prayed and prayed to win the lottery, but didn’t buy a lottery ticket (see ‘Science and Law of Attraction’ below).

Focus and hard work also has a role to play, but there is also something else at play.  For example, some people seem to  breeze through life, whether its exams, career, wealth, family etc., it comes quite naturally to them, while others, it doesn’t matter how hard they seem to study, focus on  career, try to attain wealth, its hard work. They do achieve their goals, but it really is an uphill battle. Think of all the high achievers you have come across. Not just those achieve successes in the work place or in a business, but those who really seem to succeed in life and seem genuinely happy. They may not have everything, but they are happy with what they have and they have an air of confidence about them. You often find that these individuals do not go after their goals; their goals follow them, like attracting circumstances and success. What do these individuals do that is different from the ‘battlers’?! Lot of it does come down to attitude, self-belief and clarity on what they actually want. It’s almost like the battlers expect a battle and it becomes a battle, often their goals changing part way though. While, the high achievers have a different attitude to life than most others and tend to view the bigger picture and a clear vision of what can be achieved and what they expect of themselves and others. At this point, sceptics would argue that of course it’s not focus alone, but also having the right attitude and have a clear goal is the key to success, not some unexplained universal force.

Coincidences vs. Purposeful attraction

One of the hard facts to ignore in the arguments for Law of Attraction is all the reported achievements and successes that focus, attitude and clear goal setting alone cannot explain. For example, people like Eddie Coronado (Manifest your Millions) and Cynthia Stafford (California Mega Millions), who claimed to have won millions on the lottery by using law of attraction. Although lottery winners are far and few in between, there are also other instances where people claim to attract the right person at the right time, attracting sequence of events, chance meeting that lead to successes, other words, increased coincidences which lead to a particular desired outcome.

I have personally also experienced this, coming across the right information or direction at the right time when I was intensely thinking about something. Great example for me is that, I always wanted to write; I have always written diaries which always help to clarify my thoughts, but I always wanted to publish something, hopefully something meaningful. And I have been thinking intensely about this recently. Then a random chance meeting with someone led me to start this blog. The conversation I had was just a 5 minute conversation, with a passing remark about blogs, but it gave me my ‘light-bulb’ moment. I may have started a blog further down the track by my own accord, but that meeting and that conversation gave me a feeling of ‘right’ action at the ‘right’ time. Other examples in my life include meeting people who I haven’t met in a while, but I would have thought about them not so long ago.  For me, it is harder for me to say these are mere coincidence and focus. Attitude, self-belief and goal setting certainly don’t explain it!

“Coincidences are not accidents but signals from the universe which can guide us toward our true destiny” Deepak Chopra

Science and Law of Attraction

So what is the Law of Attraction?

In the simplest of terms, Law of Attraction states that it is your thoughts that attract the experiences in your life. “Like attracts like” therefore if you predominately think positive thoughts, you attract positive experiences in your life and if you predominately think negative thoughts, you attract negative experiences in your life. Fundamentally, this is based on an energy interaction with the universe or (yet to be defined) universal force.

The 3 basic steps for Law of attraction are:

ASK – ask the universe what you want. State your intention or your want. Be clear of what you want and phase it positively and think it positively. Rather than stating ‘I don’t want to be broke’; state ‘I want to have money’.

BELIEVE – Believe as you have received it. Tune your thoughts to think what it would be like when you have received it. Imagine it, feel it – how would you feel if you have receive it?

RECEIVE – you will receive it. If you intend, visualise, and feel correctly, you should be able to see the results in your life.

Although this sounds simple and straightforward enough, unfortunately, we human beings are not so simple. When we have more than 50,000 thoughts a day, many often at a sub-conscious level, therefore controlling your thoughts becomes rather complicated. It becomes even more complicated with our feeling and emotions are involved. So in many instances you may know what you want and you may even actively ‘ask’ the universe, but your predominant thought is that it won’t happen to you. So in a ‘like attract like’ universe, it won’t happen to you! As this is the energy or vibrational frequency you are sending out.

What the logic behind Law of Attraction?

Many people believe Law of Attraction (LoA) is one of the natural laws in the universe such as Newton’s Law of Gravity or Gauss’s Law of Electricity and Magnetism. Our thoughts, our consciousness are intricately linked to the universe and our vibrations of thoughts or frequency (just like the frequency of a radio transmitter) will attract those experiences in our life. Many sceptics will argue against this as there is no way (at least in the current level of scientific advances) to prove that our consciousness can affect the working of the universe.

The Science-y bit!

There are two areas of study that can be interpreted to indirectly support the existence of Law of Attraction (rather than prove it out right!):

  1. Components of the Universe

Until about thirty years ago, astronomers thought that the universe was composed almost entirely of “baryonic matter”, ordinary atoms, which are made from varying numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons.  But in recent decades there had been various studies which suggest that there is something in the universe that we cannot see, termed “Dark Energy” making up over 73% of the universe and “dark matter” making up 23%, while baryonic matter only makes up 4%.  I must say that I don’t fully understand all the theories put forward by the cosmologists and theoretical physicists to state that this somehow supports a universe that can react to our thoughts, but what this does suggest to me is that there are a lot of things out in the cosmos that we do not yet understand, laws that are yet to be discovered. So perhaps, there is room for a universe that can react to the vibrations of our thoughts!

2.   Quantum Physics

Second set of support comes from quantum physics which looks at the world from a sub-atomic level and looks at behaviour of matter and its interactions with energy on the scale of atoms and subatomic particles. In simple terms, quantum physics seems to indicate that Matter (particles such as atoms which essentially we are made up of!) have ‘wavelike behaviour’. In other words, we are made of vibrational energy at the sub-atomic level. This theory, for many advocators of Law of Attraction, is the ultimate supportive argument for Law of Attraction. We are bodies of energy living in a universe filled with energy. So why can’t our vibrations of thoughts affect the workings of the universe?!

We are very far off from neither scientifically proving Law of Attraction can or cannot work, it boils down to more of a philosophical question, “just because something cannot be proven, does that mean it doesn’t exist?”. If science can’t explain something, then there are 3 possibilities: (a) it has not been discovered yet, (b) it is not yet understood or will always elude us, or (c) it doesn’t actually exist!

I like to view the Law of Attraction in a slightly different way. I know from my days as undergraduate, studying Neuroscience is that, what we DON’T know about the working of the human brain outweighs considerably more than what we DO know. Classic example is the “placebo effect”. We know a sugar pill can work as well as a test drug, as long as the subject is convinced of the benefits of the placebo, but science cannot explain why for sure. So for me, more of an appropriate question to ponder is (from Harry Potter – when Professor Dumbledore speaks to Harry in the afterlife):

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

My experiment – 1

My first experiment to test out the Law of Attraction is hopefully something tangible to measure. I have been feeling rather aimless at work. As I work in the Banking industry (even excluding all the scandals of the recent times), I cannot see my purpose, I cannot see where I add value when create my elaborate spreadsheets and have my lengthy meetings. Who am I helping?! Yes, myself to an extent, I get paid and I am helping my management achieve their targets, but I often struggle to see the bigger picture. Don’t get me wrong, there is part of the job that I do enjoy, the sense of achievement when I get something done, the intellectual challenge, the human interaction etc.

So rather than doing something drastic as changing careers or job, I want to be able to use my current skill set to contribute to something bigger. More and more as I am tuned to my thoughts and wants, the more and more opportunities present to me. I have come across an unpaid trustee work using my current financial skill set, for an animal charity, requiring about 10-15 days of time in a year. For me this should be very manageable with my current work commitments and gives me the purpose that I crave for as animals welfare is one of my passions.

So for my first experiment, I intend to attract this role into my life and I intend to succeed at working in this role, while maintaining my good work / life balance.

To end this blog with, I want to use a quote from one of my favourite books, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, “There’s a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint-please, please, please…give me the grace to win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please…buy a ticket.”

So on that note, I better get on with the application! Happy experimenting!