What’s the #1 Most Important Message

Recently, I was asked a thought-provoking question about my blog. “If you could only get ONE message out to all of your readers, what would that message be?”

After a short bit of thinking, I came to this conclusion. The #1 most important message would be to live 100% authentic to yourself. This would incorporate all the blogs I’ve written about choice, happiness, passion, following your true bliss and living completely free.

Living true to yourself is saying what you want to stay, doing what YOU want to do, sharing your life with the people you choose. Living true to you is an active choice to live your life on purpose. Loving deeply and looking beyond the small humanness of people and seeing the bigger part of people, seeing the soul. Embracing the bigger part of yourself and allowing the bigger part of others to flow as well. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

I’ll live true to me and you live true to you.

© 2018 Angel Zamudio

Soy Sauce Ninja says I’m Taller

I drew this Ninja in my left over soy sauce with one of my chopsticks

I love embracing that part of myself that’s forever playful and curious. I love sharing my child like ways of viewing the world and encountering people. I still play in my food and see imaginary animals and made up creatures in the patterns of wood grain in tables, doors and floors. I love the sense of endless possibilities and limitless creativity. This is where I live, in a world of ANYTHING is possible and it feels amazing.

I was at Trader Joe’s recently and saw one of the friendly clerks and she said, “I haven’t seen you in a while. Where have you been?” All of a sudden I felt like a little kid, like when I used to be greeted with something like the following, “I haven’t seen you in a while, look at how much you’ve grown” except since I’ve been a full grown adult, I can’t remember the last time someone has noted my growth. Which is kinda a bummer, ya know? Cuz I’m still growing.

So, I asked her, “Do I look taller?” She looked at me kinda puzzled and said, “Not really, why? Have you grown?” I said, “I’m always growing, ya know spiritually,…”. She paused to ponder the notion and said, “Yeah I guess we’re still growing I guess. Hopefully, anyway.” I said, “Yup! Look at me I’m spiritually taller” She tilted her head back with laughter as she restated what I had said, “I’m spiritually taller,…. oh that’s great.” To be completely honest with you guys, I’m actually physically shorter. Last time I was measured, my doctor logged 5’7″ even in my chart. I’ve been 5’8″ in the past, and I’ve been hanging on to that height in the 5’7.5″ range, but had to totally come to terms with being shorter when I measured in at 5’7″ even. That’s ok, I’d rather be spiritually taller.

© 2018 Angel Zamudio

Ketchup and RAIN

Hey, look at you. You’re back!!! Already exercising your power of choice. AWESOME!!!

As promised, I’ll be sharing a 4 step mindfulness process to assist YOU in mastering the magnificent POWER of CHOICE, but first I have to say the hardest part about writing this blog is the quiet time of introspection. This blog is about providing awareness and clarity, but it’s hardly a living document of my infinite wisdom. LOL, I wish. More accurately, I’d describe it as a living document of the challenges I’ve faced and what I’m doing to help myself get through those challenges of life, but I don’t want to just get through life, ya know? I want to LIVE my life with intention and a smile of authenticity on my face, truly enjoying the moments of my life as they show up.

So, I asked myself, “What makes you happy, Angel?” and the answer I discovered was being creative and helping people find a way back to themselves. That’s when I started Apozitude because I wanted to share what I’m learning. My hope is that as I’m expanding into the larger part of myself and sharing my journey, I’m able to inspire and guide someone else along their way. It feels like sharing a personal story helps the message to be more relatable and applicable. Ya know? Like when you try something healthy that you don’t really like, but you know its good for you, so you choke it down with a bit of ketchup,…

LET ME BE YOUR KETCHUP!!!

OK, there we go. Now, we hopefully have a smile on your face and when you’re happy you’re more receptive, right? See, you’re already more agreeable. Last week, I shared the simple secrets of unlocking the power of choice. 

                                      1. Awareness

                                      2. Action

The 4 step mindfulness process is very simple too, IF YOU ARE WILLING to invest the time it takes to look within and expand beyond the current version of yourself. The process has an acronym known as RAIN to help remember it and it breaks down like this:

Recognize what is going on;

Accept the experience to be there, just as it is;

Investigate with kindness;

Non-identification which comes from not identifying
with the experience.

Here’s an example of how I put this process to use. Within the last 4 months, I was given an opportunity to embark on a journey of expansion. As you probably already know, I’m a big advocate of expansion, so to even be considered and then given this opportunity was very exciting to me. I’ve taken this opportunity of expansion very seriously, infusing the journey with  my personal philosophies of warmth and an authentic vibes of open-hearted awareness. Recently, I heard someone share their opinion, indicating they thought it was cold and unwelcoming.

I fell silent as I was processing this startling news. I had to stop and Recognize what was going on. Someone was simply sharing their opinion. I was making my attempts to Accept this experience just as it was, someone else’s opinion. I began to Investigate the situation with kindness asking, Why does this bother me? I realized I was taking it personally. It felt like a small dagger in my heart, but thanks to this mindfulness process, I was able to find my way to a  place of Non-identification. What an amazing transition from shock to curiosity to letting go and rather quickly stepping right into freedom. Oh man, that freedom of non-identification is so peaceful and truly satisfying. How could you not want a higher level of awareness?  

 

© 2018 Angel Zamudio

Magnificent and Glorious POWER

I started this blog with a bunch of silly distracting bunny trails and then I asked myself, “Is this really how you wanna go about this?” Not really, I mean the whole point of Apozitude is to raise awareness and bring about clarity, if it can be mildly entertaining along the way, well that my friends is what we call a bonus.

The truth of the matter is EVERYTHING ALWAYS boils down to ONE thing. I know, I know, you don’t have to remind me, I’ve heard the advice against using words like “always” and “every” so bare with me, but ALL the observation I’ve done over the years of myself and others has led me to this one undeniable fact. EVERYTHING always boils down to ONE thing. EVERYTHING we say, EVERYTHING we do always boils down to this ONE thing. Yes, that’s right, OUR ENTIRE EXPERIENCE boils down to ONE thing and that ONE thing my friends is the magnificent and glorious POWER of CHOICE. 

For instance when leaving New Orleans recently, we arrived at the airport very early. Early enough, in fact, to catch the plane departing to Colorado prior to ours. Colorado? NOOOOO, we want to go home. Where’s the Portland plane? I’m sorry to inform you that’s the next flight to depart.

Oh,… ok. What do we do now?

Insert the magnificent and powerful CHOICE!! We can sit at the gate and wait with all of these restless people for the Colorado plane, wait for everyone to deplane, wait for all these people to stand in line, wait for them to board their plane and then wait again for our plane? It was a simple choice. Let’s go get a cup of coffee. What a sense of relief, I felt so much better about waiting for a waitress and a cup of coffee.

See how simple the magnificent and glorious power of choice affected our experience? The secrets to unlocking this magnificent power are very simple too. Check it out:

1. Awareness 

2. Action

Next week, I’ll be sharing a 4 step mindfulness process to assist YOU in mastering the magnificent and glorious POWER of CHOICE. Will you check back in next week? The choice is yours. 

© 2018 Angel Zamudio

Change Your Entire Life with One Blog

If breathing is essential for life and it is, right? That would kinda looks like this:

                                                       Breathing = Life

I wonder if we tweaked that equation a bit how it might affect our lives. Consider for a moment adding intention to the equation. Would it seem logical that would look more like this:

                                    intention + breathing = intention + life

                                                                 OR

                                  intentional breathing = intentional living

I’m by no means suggesting we take the time to be aware of each individual breath. We’d never get anything done. LOL What I am suggesting is taking an increment of time that seems reasonable to you and sitting quietly focused on breathing intentionally. There’s tons of research that supports the fact that focusing on breathing also known as meditation even for a short amount of time such as 10 minutes will help reduce stress, increase happiness, increase your level of satisfaction in life, improve relationships and your career.

With all of those benefits and the fact that it’s absolutely free, I’m left with one staggering question, What are you waiting for? Maybe it seems overwhelming because you don’t feel like you have time or you have no idea where to start.

Well I believe the fact that you’ve taken the time to read this blog is a pretty good sign that you have an interest in creating a life of intention. How often have you found yourself interested in something and there was absolutely no cost and no risk to you for you to pursue that interest?

Think about it. You hold within you the power to choose and with one little click you can begin your journey to a life packed full of happiness and satisfaction. The trick to this is your level of determination. It takes practice and for me, meditation ebbs and flows in and out of my daily routine, but the benefits keep me coming back. I just keep trying.

What about you? Are you satisfied with your life? If a single aspect of your life could be improved and you feel inclined to begin or continue your journey towards a happy life of satisfaction, I invite you to click that one little click above. Go ahead, take ten minutes for yourself. If not now, when? When will you make your sense of satisfaction your #1 priority? You have the power to change your entire life, right here, right now.    

© 2018 Angel Zamudio

As I See It

It’s such a joy to live life with constant curiosity. I’ve come to realize when I take time to let go of the clutter in my mind, I’m open to new possibilities. My practice of meditation has allowed me to open up a part of myself that I’ve longed for my entire life. A confidence in myself to be me 100% authentic.

Recently, I was presented with an opportunity I would have shied away from in the past. I found myself standing face to face with someone new who held a very strong opinion of how they see the world that’s starkly different from mine. I was able to say, “I disagree” and other poised  things such as, “Tell me more about that,…”

It was an amazingly peaceful conversation of disagreement and acceptance of each other and how we choose to operate in the world as we see it differently. I’m so grateful for my vision of the world being full of love and kindness. I see evidence of my vision everyday. My heart is full and my mind is at peace.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

ALERT‼️ Game Changer Mind Shift REVEALED‼️

Whoa!! I love it when a moment of clarity POPS into my realm of awareness. YES!!! I’m so excited to share this with you guys!!! Ya know how little changes and slight little tweaks make a big difference in the long run? Well, this very recent realization is one of those things that I foresee making a huge impact on my life and potentially yours too if it resonates with you.

Check it out, I was listening to someone tell a story the other day and I hadn’t noticed this yet, but this person was having a little trouble staying focused on their story and was meandering around a bit over details, ya know trying to remember specific things and they jokingly said to me, “You’re probably thinking, ‘just get on with your story dummy'”. However, #1 it hadn’t even registered in my mind that they were struggling and #2 it’s not my style to rush someone through their story or to call them dummy. I pride myself on being a good and patient listener, so I clarified, “Hey, don’t judge yourself with my mind. That’s not what I was thinkin’ and that’s not fair to me OR to you for that matter to judge yourself with your perception of my thoughts”.

Whoa!

Wait a minute!

Wheels turning,… information clicking into place,… awareness expanding,….

POP! AHA!!

It’s not fair to me either when I allow myself to judge myself with my perception of what others MIGHT be thinking about me and it’s not fair to them. Cue the revelation music please and I’ve noticed over the last couple of days since I’ve had this AHA! moment, I’ve allowed little bits of self doubt and negative self talk to rescind a bit further, enabling my confidence and self assuredness to expand. It’s so cool to me every single time I gain more awareness. I LOVE IT!!! 😍

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

The Ultimate Formula for Life

If there really is such a thing as the Law of Attraction (and there is) and based on this law: like energies attract like energies, when you really stop and think about it, it places each and every one of us in an amazingly powerful place in our lives. If you’re not quite clear on how this is true, let me see if I can help provide some clarity about this law in your mind. As I was doing some research for this blog, I stumbled across another blog called Stop Drop Allow, VERY COOL!

In one of the posts in that blog, I found the formula for the Law of Attraction. I’m not 100% certain why knowing this formula solidified the concept of the Law of Attraction for me, but it did and I’d like to share it with you. I know I write a great deal about the power of choice and the reason is embedded within this formula. Check it out.

|E| = (D x B) / R

I’m certainly no math wizard, but I do know a few algebraic symbols, one being the symbol for the absolute value of a variable, which is a vertical line on either side of a it such as |X| or in the equation above |E|. The variable E in the above equation represents Experience. So, the absolute value of your Experience equals your (Desire multiplied by your Beliefs) / divided by your Resistance. The power of choice lies within that last bit and really all through out the equation, but look at it this way, you have the power to hold on to or let go of what causes resistance in your life, in your day to day life. Minute by minute you can choose to shift your focus towards thoughts and experiences that make you feel good or not. When you think of something that feels good, you feel better than you did when you were focused on the other thing that didn’t feel so good. You, I, we, all as individuals have ultimate power of choice in our lives.

WHOA!!!!! The Law of Attraction conceptualized!!! My mind is blown!!! Remember the Universe doesn’t know how to differentiate your focus at any given moment. The Universe reads vibrations. So, let’s say you’re dreaming of meeting your soul mate and when you imagine your soul mate you have a high vibrational frequency because it makes you feel good to imagine this dream boat person, but then some jerk cuts you off in traffic and nearly pulls right into your car. You swerve to avoid a collision and you get pissed off. Suddenly the high vibration you were cultivating when you were imaging your desired soul mate is obliterated, but not to worry because you have the power to choose and with that power you can choose to shift your focus back towards the good feeling thoughts or new good feeling thoughts.

You see, you absolutely have the power to lessen your resistance, thus improving the absolute value of your experience. 😉 Now that you have the ultimate formula for life go forth and create your ultimate life experience. Please remember to be gentle with yourself and others, we’re all practicing new life skills all the time.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

OUCH! That Burned!

Hey, here’s a question for you. Have you ever picked up something right out of the oven that was still super hot and continued to hold on to it once you realized it was burning your hand? Or put it down because it was burning and then picked it right back up? I know it seems silly, but think about it. As soon as you feel the pain you let go almost immediately right? 

So, why then do we hold on to things that burn us emotionally? 

We’ve all done it. Get hurt emotionally, rehash it in our minds, talk about it and stir up all those emotions again. I believe moving forward, I’m going to label emotional hurt as “hot coal” as a reminder to “let it go”. I don’t know about you, but I wanna be happy.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Be The Master

Hey, I’ve got a question for ya. Do you actually look at yourself in the mirror? I mean, most people check out how they’re presenting themselves to the outside world, but I’m talkin’ about something beyond grooming. Do you really look at yourself? Do you wonder? Do you spend time reflecting with yourself? Do you think about who you are, what value you provide yourself and your community, where you intend to guide yourself, why you’re here or how you fit in the world. When you look in the mirror do you see a person who you shower with love, acceptance and kindness or do you see a person you criticize, judge and pick apart little by little? Maybe you’re somewhere in the middle on the broad spectrum of self-love, but the reason I’m asking is for the purpose of raising awareness. Regardless of where you land on the spectrum of self-love please know the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. The cool thing about indifference is there’s something you can do about it.

Check it out. So, there you are, listening to the complaints and/or judgements that keep repeating in your head about how you’re not good enough. Are you tired of beating yourself up with your own words? Well, my friend the time has come to STOP the madness of listening to yourself and begin talking to yourself. If you’re the slightest bit interested, take a look at your calendar and mark this day down as the day you decided to step up for yourself. Today is the day you’re going to take notice, when you find yourself listening to harsh or unkind words, you’re going to stop listening yourself and you’re going to start talking to yourself. It may sound like I’m encouraging you to take on the role of “that crazy who walks around talking to himself” but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about catching yourself listening to the mindless chatter of your mind, taking an active role inside your mind and start talking to yourself in a kind and loving manner.

I started thinking of myself as a person in training and when I make mistakes, I gently say to myself, “That’s ok. You’re doing your best. Try again. You can do this.” The only difference between a master and a beginner is a master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried. We tend to be so hard on ourselves, criticizing ourselves in our own minds over and over for not being good enough. By judging and doubting ourselves we’re slowly picking apart the greatest part of ourselves, our own self-worth. Our ability to love ourselves and to treat ourselves with kindness is the best gift we can give to ourselves. You have a choice to set your indifference aside and care enough about yourself to take action. Sometimes though, the act of taking action is more about doing less and spending more time BE-ing. Simply by sitting in silence the soul collects wisdom, because you quiet the incessant thoughts enough to allow spiritual guidance to flow.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio