Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.