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

The Value Within YOU

Sometimes people come to me for advice. I’m not sure why, but I’m happy to share any clarity I might have to help others. Maybe it’s because I write a blog about living life with a positive attitude, maybe it’s because I do my very best to see the best in people, looking beyond their behaviors and try to understand the reasoning behind the behavior. Recently, I shared a good way to approach a challenging situation regarding someone you love. If you’re able to do so, separate your emotions from the situation and deal with the facts. It seems like the opposite would be true, but when you think about it, emotions cloud judgement and the decision making processes. Therefore, extracting the emotion and dealing with just the facts, helps to reach and maintain a clear decision. It’s challenging to do, I’ll be honest, but with practice it gets easier.

How can you practice separating your emotions from an emotionally charged situation?

Excellent question!!! For me, meditation is the answer. There are many forms of meditation, but what I find to be helpful is to sit quietly for a designated about of time and focus on my breathing, daily. When thoughts or emotions arise during meditation, as they always do, I practice returning my focus to my breath. Personally, I find an app called Calm to be very helpful. It’s really amazing how practicing this focus helps to minimize your reactions to challenging situations. There are many other benefits to practicing meditation. Check out this link to the Huffington post.

Listen, where ever you are on your journey to whatever it is that you most desire, what I want you all to know is that you’re far more knowing and powerful than you give yourselves credit for being. Embrace yourself! Create a knowing within yourselves of your power and your value. It’s there within us ALL, just waiting to be discovered.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

BE YOU!!! Everyone Else is Taken

What’s the ONE thing you can count on in your life? Think about it for a moment. Whatever your answer is now, I guarantee you that with time your answer will change and the reason I know this to be true is because in all honesty, the #1 thing you really can count on is change. When you pause for a moment you begin to see how your “right now” experiences will create change in you from the person you were to the person you will become.

I know we live in a fast paced world of answers in the palm of your hand, but when you Google “sense of peace” and read what the internet claims the definition of this term to be, does it create a sense of peace within you. Even if I provided the definition for you here and you were able to read the meaning right this moment would a spark of clarity and peace ignite within you? It’s not very likely and the reason is because a sense of peace is not something you can download, upload or snap into reality. Peace is a way of life. Peace is clearing your mind of the clutter. Peace is being kind to yourself and others.

The other day during my guided meditation, I was instructed to focus on my breath. Focus on the very beginning of your breath where your awareness is the strongest. I always focus on the feeling of my breath coming and going through my nose. Focus on the beginning of your breath as it enters your body and without forcing your breath or changing it in any way, pay attention to the natural flow of your breath. Once you inhale, you’ll feel the middle of your breath just before this breath transitions to an exhalation there’s a brief pause. That pause is the middle of your breath and then when the breath leaves your body you come to the end of this breath. To help you focus on breathing, as you practice keeping a quiet mind you can say beginning, middle, end. I tried doing this. Beginning, middle, end, beginning, middle, end, beginning, middle, end. I quickly discovered for me this was changing the natural flow of my breathing, so I changed it to: b, m, e, b, m, e, b, m, e. After just a couple breaths I realize in a manner of speaking I was chanting; be me be me be me. I could feel a grin of satisfaction form on my face because this is what a sense of peace feels like.

Regardless of how I change over time and whatever mood I’m in at any given moment, I know I’m free to be me. Yes, I believe I’ll continue my practice of meditation. I love living aware.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Let the Cursor Blink, Wisdom Will Flow

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently came to a realization that I may be standing in my own way. What does this mean exactly? How can I stand in my own way? Well, it’s a funny thing how clarity is so crystal clear when peeking over into the life of someone else, but when evaluating your own situation it’s like your vision goes blurry and your mind just keeps drawing a blank.

In fact, I find myself drawing a complete blank right now as I sit here pondering this situation and watching the cursor on my screen blinking at me as if it’s paused in a yielding position just waiting for the wisdom to pour out onto the screen. Well, I’m sorry little blinking cursor, I have no wisdom to share at the moment.

All I know, is what I know and it’s really very simple. Everything I need, I have full access to when I allow myself the time and space to quiet the busyness and chatter of my mind. For the last several weeks I’ve been practicing the art of meditation and I’ve come to realize a quiet mind is an amazing luxury. It is my sincere intention to continue the practice of meditation in an effort to deepen my sense of connection and increase my level of peace and happiness.

I believe the continuation of this practice will inherently unveil the value in myself that I seek. Quieting my mind of clutter and distractions helps me to clearly see the value I have in the world. Like a pebble tossed into a still pond, it’s the kindness I share, the awareness I broaden and the lives I touch with genuine love that ripples beyond the point of contact and in a manner affects a far greater scope than I’m able to see.

Could it be? Just like that, I discovered my own value? My heart is saying, YES and it is 100% rewarding. Thank you for your patience blinking cursor, turns out the wisdom was ready to flow.

 

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Are You Happy Where You Are?

I recently came to a realization that I may be standing in my own way, therefore I’ve decided to embark on a journey to discover my own value. I’m not certain where this journey will take me, but I’m 100% certain a journey to discover my own value will be 100% rewarding.

I invite you to follow me on this journey and consider if there might be something keeping you from the life you long to live.

 

Living Peace

People will wonder how you live such a happy life. People will want to know what you know. People will want to be like you. People will want to sit beside you at social gatherings.  People will doubt your sincerity. People will question your motives. People will dislike you for the connection you have because they haven’t quiet found yet. People will feel conflicted about how much they like you and yet how much you bug the shit out of them because you’re so damned happy all the time. All the while you’ll love them just the same, because you have been where they are before. You know how it feels to be lost. You know how it feels to be searching. You know how it feels to be grasping for connection. You know how it feels to try to fill the void within with anything you can get your hands on. Food, shopping, vacation, alcohol, drugs, sex and all providing nothing more than a false sense of self.

All my life I’ve searched for a sense of peace and I’ve found it many times. There are so many pathways to peace and various types of peace to be felt. Every level of peace I’ve achieved, I’m always amazed at how there’s another depth of peace and clarity to be achieved.

There’s a great sense of peace in knowing yourself. Knowing your value. Knowing your worth. What an amazing experience to feel and know your own sense of true connection. Honestly, there really are no words to describe exactly how it feels, but what I do know, is when you FEEL it, you KNOW it with complete certainty.

True connection to our authentic self is what provides a sense of peace that passes all understanding.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Expanding Awesomeness!!! Join in the fun!!!

Do you remember that awesome community project I was invited to participate in a couple of weeks ago? The web site is Elevate Awesome!

The mission:

Elevate Awesome is a community.  We elevate awesome in ourselves and people around us with kindness.

Are You A Love Ambassador? What is a Love Ambassador?

A Love Ambassador is someone who believes that there is goodness in every person.

We are part of the movement that is creating a culture of kindness.

We Elevate Awesome in ourselves and those around us through acknowledgment.

 The global community of Love Ambassadors is causing sparks of connection as we take our microcosms and happily bump into others.

How to Participate in Creating a
Culture of Kindness

1. Look for awesome…especially where you don’t see it.

2. Acknowledge it!

3. Follow your inspiration!

How to Play:
The “Elevate Awesome” Game

There are 3 EASY ways to participate!

1. Email a card to someone you think is awesome!

2. Share a card below or make your own card to tell someone they’re awesome!

3. Use #ILoveHowAwesomeYouAre to tell someone they’re awesome on social media!

Then share your experience with the world!

We’re trying to get cards into every US state!  Check the list of states remaining by clicking this link. If this in any way resonates with you please contact me or reach out to the elevate awesome folks through any one of the links provided. Maybe you know someone who would love to participate, if you’re inclined to do so, please share or volunteer to participate and expand awesomeness in our communities.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Hello, My name is Angel and I’m Addicted to Happiness

I’m 100% addicted to the high of being happy. I love sitting in silence, basking in the warmth of the sun (even on a cold day) and listening to the wind blow through the trees, listening to the birds chirping in the trees. I’ve sat and stood with my head tilted upward towards the sky over a million times and I never tire of watching the clouds morph from one shape into another. I love the way they meander in and out of sight, veiling and reveling the vast blue magic of the everlasting sky.

I’m addicted to the high of feeling good and I accept full responsibility for my mood. 

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Your Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

I’ve only known Nikki for about 5 and half months, but in that short amount of time she has shown me kindness, acceptance and support. She has provided me with much appreciated assistance during a transitional time in my life and all in spite of the life threatening challenge she faces daily.

You see 7 years ago Nikki was convinced it was safe to move forward a decision because she was assured she would be safe with FDA approval and multiple guarantees of the safety and relative simplicity of a breast implant procedure. However, as she has come to discover, along with thousands of other women that the FDA approved implants cause a rapid decline in heath. Nikki’s body is working over time to battle the toxicity these implants have caused her, robbing her of the energy to fully enjoy her life, but she’s not hosting a pity party, in fact she’s doing everything in her power to help raise awareness of this illness now known as Breast Implant Illness.

When I tell you, your buck doesn’t stop here, what I mean is that your support of Nikki in her time of need will have a meaningful and positive affect on her life as well as the lives of all the women she’s making such a great effort to reach. Her efforts are not in vain, since she’s been raising awareness several women she knows have reached out to her thanking her for sharing her story because they realize they have some similar symptoms. Now those women have a glimmer of hope that they too could make a plan of their own to restore their health.

Nikki has a beautiful spirit and is trying so hard to do her best to get herself back to good health so she may better enjoy time with her adorable daughter and her fiance. She would never want to impose on anyone and so I’ve taken it upon myself to ask on her behalf. She and her family need your help to help cover the costs associated with restoring her health.

You can help Nikki and thousands of other women. Your support is key in helping Nikki. 

Would you consider making a donation to help her achieve her mission?

We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to help cover the cost of Nikki’s medical bills and ex-plant surgery that insurance won’t cover and in her health she will continue her mission to raise awareness. You can donate online at Nikki’s GoFundme. Please feel free to share this blog with someone you may know who may be fighting this illness. You could be the person who saves her life.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

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