If It Keeps Knocking, Answer

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
— Philip K. Dick

When Dan Brown, the author of the mega blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, was asked, “Where did you get the idea for this book?” he explained that it came to him when he was studying art history at the University of Seville in Spain.

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code

There he was exposed to some of the mysteries of the da Vinci paintings. Years later, while he was studying the Vatican Secret Archives, the notion returned to him. He recounts, “This particular story kept knocking on my door until I answered.”

If you are one of the many millions who have enjoyed and been inspired by The Da Vinci Code, you are probably glad that Dan Brown answered the knock. Yet he is not the only person whose door inspiration knocks at. You, too, have ideas, visions, dreams, intuitions, and inklings that keep coming to you. The question is not “Is greatness calling you?” but rather, “Are you answering?”

Mystery of Mona Lisa
Mystery of Mona Lisa

A recurring idea or inspiration is quite likely a sign that the universe is trying to get your attention to follow through on it. Your ego, or sense of limited self, might deny and resist the calling with excuses like “I could never do that,” “That would take a far greater person than me,” “That’s never been done,” or “I’m too [old/uneducated/unattractive/poor/unworthy] for such a task.” Yet when the ego has gone through its array of lame defenses and the vision keeps knocking, you may be certain that you are being guided and called.

The difference between those who move the world forward and those who stay stuck in a rut is that the world movers trust the voice that keeps knocking, and they act on it. You can and will be among the movers if you listen to the persistent call of greatness and move with it.

What inspiring idea keeps knocking at the door of your mind? If you were to act on it, what would be the first step you would take?

Greatness is calling to me from within my mind and heart. I heed its call, and the world is better for it.

Source Courtesy : A Daily Dose of Sanity

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Four simple ways to say Goodbye to utter disappointment with your life

Disappointed Girl Pic

This is a guest post by Mathews McGarry giving simple steps of overcoming the disappointment in life.

It happens to all of us: as you cross the threshold of adulthood, responsibilities begin to multiply at the speed of light, the touch of magic gradually wanes, and before you know it, the world has turned into a grim, dull place you no longer want to be a part of. The path to happiness and success is a thorny one, and sometimes you will feel disappointed with the way it has all turned out: but no downer, however dark, should be an excuse for you to give up or settle for less. If you want to change your life around, you need to wave Goodbye to the habits that bring you down.

Happiness is a state of mind, not a state of life

Nothing ever goes according to your plans? Here is a newsflash: adulthood is not a joyride, but no amount of complaining can fix it. There will always be sources of displeasure: your house may be a meager bedsit in the suburbs and not a beachside villa; your job may be tedious and terribly underpaid; communication channels will get clogged by misunderstandings now and then, but hey – it happens to everyone. Happiness is not a state of life – it is a state of mind. Stop letting external circumstances run your emotional life: make the conscious decision to be happy even though nothing is perfect, or your mood will forever remain down in the gutters of misery and frustration. Take baby steps until you learn to run; just do not stop because once you do, your happiness will be as good as gone.

Do not let your ego weigh you down

Face it: it is not life that sucks, it is your vision of what it should be like that fuels your discontent. It gets worse: you often compare yourself to others, and you always seem to be on the losing end. Stop that immediately: people will be people, and some of them may be more successful or simply luckier than you, but your life has nothing to do with them. Ego is a big fat lie: like a hot air balloon, it deflates as soon as it hits the tiniest needle. Do not identify yourself with your job, your shape or your bank account – instead, regard these as your cohort on the path of life and do what you can every day to improve your company during the ride.

Focus on this particular moment

Yes, you had a sexy figure back in your high school years; your previous job was perhaps better than the current one; you really loved your ex and he/she still cheated on you. And still, none of these thoughts bear relevance to the present moment: remaining stuck in the past prevents you from enjoying life as it unfolds here and now, and such thinking can ruin your future, too. Instead of contemplating or sulking for hours on end, make a list of all the things you want to do before you die, and start doing them today – as depressing as this may sound, there is no guarantee tomorrow is coming your way.

Be a person of action, not reaction

Our emotions are often a reaction to external factors – but if all you ever do is react, no wonder you are disappointed with life. Take action: check your health, modify your diet, start working out and naturally boost your testosterone; learn a new skill, language, or take up a hobby; apply for that job now, or take a walk and chat up a neighbor just for fun’s sake. Responsibility for your life and choices is in your hands, so stop blaming the world for being cruel and start living as an independent adult.

Every change begins with a personal decision: you can shun life, or you can embrace it with all its good times and hardships. Choose wisely – after all, you live only once, so make it count. And remember: life is beautiful even when the colors are not all that bright.

mathewMathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and has spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for a better life. He is an all-around fitness adviser and his words are strong as an Australian Bull.

No matter what, never lose your hope

Long long ago, I stumbled upon in a book, one motivational line on hope . It was like this probably :

A man can survive almost any condition as long as he has some hope.

We often become disappointed with failures. However, we must understood that failure and success are the two sides of a same coin.  As the saying goes, : failure is never final success is never ending

If you are failing to meditate because of whatever reason, you must not lose your heart. Often trying to hard is the main cause of the problem. When it comes to meditation, we need to be as natural and effortless as we can. The more we fight with our mind, the more it will become strong. The human mind is a very very clever opponent.  You need a subtle force to tame it.

Coming back to the hope word, here is this beautiful poster about hope.  I hope you will enjoy it:

Hope
Hope gives us life.

Whether it is the subtle goal of meditation or a tangible goal of any worldly pursuit,  keeping hope till we succeed is the way to go.

Want to be excellent at anything? Read this

Do you find it difficult to achieve excellence in the field of your choice? Are you planning to quit some hobby because of the repeated failure in it?

Or if we ask this blog specific question : Do you find it difficult (or almost impossible) to properly learn and practice meditation in your life ?

If the answer of any of the above mentioned Questions is yes, then you need to read this article. This scientifically researched and tested article debunked the myth of natural born talents. It is an article of immense hope as it clearly explains as to why we ( you, I or anybody else) are capable of getting far better at anything else . The only thing required to achieve this : A consistent session of highly specific practices.

Read, inspire and apply the lesson in your life :

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

 

 

12 pearls of wisdom from a Grandmother

Today, while going through some of my favorites websites, I stumbled upon this masterpiece. It is a compilation of the 12 lessons the author found in the journal of his grandmother who passed away recently.

These lessons are timeless, beautiful and inspirational.

Let me share those 12 pearls of wisdoms for you.

(1)  Breathe in the future, breathe out the past.

(2)  Life CAN be simple again.

(3) Let others take you as you are, or not at all.   Continue reading “12 pearls of wisdom from a Grandmother”