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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

In July 2012 I Recalibrated my blog to extend the focus of this blog from just “Sustainable Investing & Living” to one that allows me to inspire positive transformation. And while I try to inspire my readers, I have been tremendously inspired by fellow bloggers. And just a few days ago I was delighted to be nominated for a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by Schalk Cloete, the author of “One in a Billion” blog. Thank you Schalk!

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Be Kind to Yourself

Source: Emily McDowell Illustration

“We all have our shortcomings and no one is perfect”. Heard that one before? Sure, you have. Most of us deal with it by beating ourselves up for not being able to fix these “shortcomings”. If a friend was being harsh on his/herself, we would instantly ask them to snap out of it. We would remind them how special they are and how lucky you are to have them in your life. But we struggle with showing the same kindness to ourselves.

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Develop Patience to Overcome Anger

My mindful Monday resolution for last week was “to use every opportunity to get angry as an opportunity to develop patience”.

Let’s just say that “patience” is a virtue that I’ve struggled all my life to develop in any significance. As a result negative emotions such as frustration, irritation, and anger comes easily to me – it doesn’t take much to drive me crazy. And it’s astonishing how every time I regret the consequences of my anger and yet I never learn to take control of it. This past week, I’ve made a conscious effort to take control of the negative emotions and turn them around to a “silver lining” – that of developing patience toward the circumstances that irk me.
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Mindful Living: Inner Strength

If you’ve embarked on a journey of “mindfulness” like me and are looking for some inspiration to practice being in the present, you have to read this post on Inner Strength by Kate, the author of the Walnuts n Pears blog ~ one of my favourite blogs on living well and meaningfully.

She does a beautiful job of highlighting what it really means to be mindful and “in the present” and how important it is to check in with yourself to see how you’re doing.
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6 Ways You Can Practice Thankfulness

I figured one week just wasn’t enough to practice thankfulness, albeit, even a lifetime isn’t enough. And since I got a little sidetracked last Monday (therefore, the better-late-than-never Mindful Monday post on a Thursday) I figured I should practice it for another week and share my thoughts in today’s Mindful Monday post.

I contemplated how I’ve practiced thankfulness and gratitude these past two weeks and here is a short list of “how-to’s” to help you practice it every day: Read the rest of this entry

Be Thankful For Everything

P.S. Apologies for such delay in writing my Mindful Monday post this week. It’s been socially hectic these past few days – celebrated a few birthdays in the family, fasted for a day, spent time with family.  And I am thankful that I have such wonderful people in my life. 

My Mindful Monday resolution for the past week was to “Be Thankful for Everything” and living in gratitude.

As toddlers, one of the first few lessons we were taught when we first learned to speak was to say the two words “Please” and “Thank you”. And sure, we grew up to be well-mannered adults saying those two words every time we requested for something. Even though we might have a sense of entitlement that we should receive what we ask for and when we ask for it (so why bother with those two words, really?) we say those two words almost out of habit. But are we really thankful from our hearts? Do we actually recognize the effort that has gone into meeting our request? And finally the most important questions, do we actually stop and be grateful for the things we have or receive without evening requesting for it?

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Think Less, Feel More

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My Mindful Monday resolution for last week was to “Get Out of My Head and Get Into My Heart” i.e. to think less and feel more. (Check out my Mindful Monday Chalkboard for my Mindful Monday journey.)

In this ‘Information Age’ we are faced with a barrage of information. We know, and are expected to know, too much that ignoring this overwhelming flow of information seems extremely challenging, if not impossible. So what do we do? We give in to our distractions –  the news, social media distractions, the fears, the rat race. We keep our minds so busy with things we cannot do anything about that we ignore ourselves, our heart and the beings in our immediate environment.

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