Friday, 28 April 2017

The Art of Being Your True Self (beyond job titles & other roles in society)...

It doesn't matter if we're talking about being an employee of your own business or part of a popular multi-national organisation. Job titles, professions and occupations tend to define our lifestyle and social status. Modern society defines you for so many superficial aspects. Of course, your innate skills and talents form part of your essence as a human being, but do they really define you? or only distract you from recognising the presence of your true self when nobody is interacting with you?

I've spent the past 4 years freelancing and went through a period of anxiety because I didn't find a permanent position as a marketer in Ireland. I worked as an aupair at the beginning and I enjoyed the experience, but the permanent job (40 hours a week and salary based) didn't seem to become a reality for me. I've continued applying to positions that I like, going to interviews, etc. But I no longer depend on their answer to feel good or bad about my life (golden star for me!).

This type of situations challenge you and can make you go through an identity crisis. Only now I realise that I needed a crisis like this one in my life. Even though not having a permanent job and don't actually need it to survive seems like a good life, it really challenges you! It can become a cause of depression or a brilliant opportunity to connect with your true self. The decision is yours. 

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I have worked as a marketing specialist and as an online fundraising coordinator in the past. I know lots of things about online advertising and I'm still learning about them because I feel that the internet is an amazing tool to communicate ideas. I started freelancing for small businesses here in Ireland since 2013.

This freelancing path has its ups and downs (like everything in life). But you know what? It's fine. It has given me the time to explore other areas, like volunteering for charities and learning new skills and ways of communication, but it has also helped me to confront my own identity state without the distraction of a full-time job and the social status that comes with it. This doesn't mean that I will never assume a role like that in the future, but if I do, I will be more clear about who I really I'm beyond my job title.
I've always like to write stories and read books about spiritual growth and mindfulness... but this doesn't seem to give you a permanent employment like many people would expect you to have because is the "normal" thing to look for. Right? Well, this might change. I'm about to finish my yoga teacher training and this occupation might become my new full/part time job (or not). At this point of my life, I finally learned that nobody needs an employment or job role to define themselves. Of course, you can play with your skills or build new ones, but they don't have to define your true self.

The good news is: You can be whomever you want to be. You build your reality day by day using your thoughts and determination to act and achieve those things you want in your life. You can listen to your inner-self in silence. Follow those things that make you smile from inside using your creativity, even if that doesn't give you a job title, it doesn't matter. Just focus on your breath and ask for divine help. Practice yoga (on and off the mat) or any other activity that connects you with your inner-self. The answer will come in form of intuition, wisdom and even as a crisis like the one I went through. But don't worry. It will be fine. You have the potential within you! Keep looking inward and you will find it in all the aspects of your life at some point :)


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Friday, 21 April 2017

Owning Your Right to be Happy

We're always looking for ways to be happy or at least to feel at ease. I believe we just want to achieve wellness in all aspects of our life, we have just forgotten how to do that. How did this happen? Don't ask me... there are many conspiracy theories, but that's not the point, is it? Maybe our brains have being programmed by society to feel fear instead of peace. Our beliefs about who we are can affect us profoundly. We're exploring what's like to be human beings (happy ones, preferably). That's my case anyway, and I believe others are pursuing the same goal.

The problem, to me, starts when you let your beliefs guide you without questioning them. Where are these beliefs really coming from? Can you trust them blindly? I don't know for certain, but I chose to believe something now: Your beliefs create your own reality. Every perception you have is based on what you believe, whether because someone told you or simply for lack of knowledge. (Took me a while to understand that it's our responsibility to pay attention to what we think and what we feel, otherwise we could lose control over our own life). Then emotions rise to the surface and your body/mind become a mess. Sounds familiar?

Thoughts are brilliant, they build our system of beliefs and model our society and communities. They can help us but also hurts us. What do you choose to believe? I ask myself all the time... I like to defend my truth, but every truth can be debated, at least on the level of consciousness that we are right now. That's why I think our human truths are not so important after all. Especially when you compare them to the wisdom of the universe and its magic presence all around us (and within us). How could we forget about it so easily? I wonder... The universe provided us with an amazing set to play our human life. We create personal stories to learn and evolve as cosmic particles of this galaxy (even without realising it).

Some of us have forgotten who we really are, but we're finding our way back home. We're questioning ourselves. experiencing the distractions of daily life with more awareness and sympathy than before. We're interested in improving our diet. Wellness, mindfulness and meditation are becoming more popular nowadays.

Yoga has become one of the paths to achieve this level of consciousness and spiritual growth. It's not just about exercising to look good but to feel good from inside out. It's a matter of knowing ourselves, experiencing our own body and range of motion before going deeper. To me, yoga became that reminder to experience the force of life within me, to explore how does it feel to be in this body that nature provided for me. Am I taking good care of it? Am I honouring who I am from inside out? I wasn't doing it for a long time. Now I can see it a little bit more clear. Whatever nature gives us is a gift - even if it's just the fact that we can breathe effortlessly. We can choose to believe so or not. I believe so, and I feel it with all my heart (because that belief brings me the wellness that I've always pursued, and I want to let others know they can find it too). Each day more people decide to believe this, and at some point, this truth will become our global reality.

Life happens in mysterious ways. At this moment of my life, I feel the power of creation within me, even if I don't know how does it work. I believe that life it's amazing, even when it hurts... because it's the only way to show us how amazing is to feel good and to become better and stronger beings. That's how we own our right to be happy. Doing what we love and helping others to find their own way. That's why I decided to become a yoga teacher. Doing exercise and applying relaxation techniques are just doors to a bigger experience about the meaning of life. You can choose your own doors, you can choose your own beliefs (witnessing happiness and sadness pass by while you breathe consciously - so easy and complicated at the same time). I just like to make you think about it... if you let me. We're all in this together :)