• Your Source of Power, Magic and Miracles

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    Integrity is often looked at as moral, as making good things in the world and doing the “right” things. This view is a result of our making choices in life based on looking at them as “good vs. bad” or “right vs. wrong” or “true vs. false.” Most of the time these choices arise from feelings of guilt, shame, blame or at our darkest moment when we have been accused of not having integrity. This is a very limited way of thinking and approaching our lives. In fact, integrity is a way to empower ourselves and others.

    Who gives us the power and permission to judge and evaluate others’ integrity? What gives us the right to base others’ level of integrity on what we think integrity is or should be? We judge and evaluate others’ decisions, their lifestyle or life choices and anything else we can push our opinions on, so we can impose our idea of integrity on them. When they don’t accept our viewpoint, we become upset and resentful. We distance ourselves from them. When considering your idea of integrity, I invite you to separate your view of social law, religious beliefs and/or cultural beliefs from your idea of integrity at this moment. Look at integrity as a personal phenomenon.

    Every person declares his or her own personal integrity based on personal beliefs, faith, values, principles and life choices. However, we all have one thing in common when it comes to integrity and that is… without it things do not work well in our lives and in our commitments! Whatever our personal integrity is, when we do not practice it we do not accomplish our goals neither, therefore, our intentions. Integrity is not constrained or limited by rules, agreements, descriptions, in-order-to’s or demands to get anywhere or to make ourselves or someone else do anything.

    Integrity is the ability to be as good as our word, to declare power over our promises, to be true to our personal values and principles, to live our lives as our own people. Ultimately, being true to ourselves and being true to our self-expression is the simplest form of integrity. That is the only force in life that will bring us power, joy, freedom and happiness. We will fail if we live our lives and hold up to integrity only for others or to get others’ approval, to please someone else or impress another human being. A life lived with integrity is a life that is based on your personal values and principles.

    You can use your integrity as a meter, like a sensor to distinguish and realize your degree of the reliability or truthfulness of your actions to your commitments and, ultimately, your word. To me, integrity is when we consistently produce what we promise to produce, do what we say we will do, or say what we tell others we will say. This rule applies to what we promise ourselves and to others. Regardless of the circumstances or obstacles in your way, personal integrity is one of powerful forces of decision making. Why? Notice that each time we get into trouble or cause upset with ourselves or others, it is when we don’t follow through with our personal values and principles or what we stand for in life. When we sell ourselves and our integrity short for the sake of being liked, being part of the crowd and/or being ordinary, we short ourselves.

  • Five Tips to Help You Lighten Up

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    Almost all of us want to constantly adjust our weight. A handful of us are happy with our weight, others need to gain a few pounds. The rest of us “battle the bulge” almost constantly. No matter what your weight goals are, here I provide some important weight loss tips and tricks to help you achieve your ideal weight more faster.

    Eating more calories than your body needs to perform it’s daily functions, means that the extra calories will be stored as fat. If you do not eat sufficient calories to satisfy your bodies energy needs then your body will make make up the difference by taking what it needs from the stored fat in your system.

    Understand that every 3500 calories of unused energy stored by your body, is stored in the form of fat. So in order to lose one pound of fat you would have to create an energy deficit of 3500 calories by either reducing your intake or increasing your exercise level to burn up the 3500 calories. Keep in mind that it is not safe to lose more than 2 pounds per week.

    It can be refreshing to know that walking an extra mile every day will burn up 100 extra calories per day. Walking one mile uses up approximately 100grams of energy (the exact amount depends on your body weight)

    People who are overweight spend more energy in moving about than those who are at their ideal weight. It stands to reason that the heavier you are determines the amount of energy required to move. If you use calorific charts, always check to see what body weight is being referred to.

    Sometimes breaking things down into simple day-to-day terms can make all the difference; Any food or drink that contains about 100 calories, a soft drink or an extra slice of bread per day will add up to 10 extra pounds in one year if your exercise level is not increased.

    One thing is certain. Most people do not get enough exercise in their ordinary daily routines. If you are already over your ideal body weight get a check up before starting a diet or exercise routine.

  • Awesome Life When You’re Frustrated With Life

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    Beautiful and inspiring when it works, infuriating when it doesn’t. Or maybe that’s just me!

    Except, of course it’s always working.

    But before you dive headlong into beating yourself up for creating the stuff you don’t like/want, remember that you’re not just creating at a conscious level.

    We create subconsciously too. Where we have bought into stuff that is simply invisible to us.

    I don’t know about you, but when I’m not a creator of awesomeness, I tend to be an awesome creator of cr*p.

    We all are. The trick is to be able to create more of what we consciously want – with ease.

    So when you’re frustrated with life here are some things to do to get the energy moving.

    1. Complete this sentence. My story about ________ is…

    Fill in the blank with whatever aspect of your life it is you want to change.

    Don’t overthink it. Just write whatever comes into your head.

    You might surprise yourself.

    Not sure what your story is? Then look at what it’s happening in your life in that area. It will give you massive clues to what the story is.

    Knowing what your story is will help you change it.

    2. Acknowledge what you have created.

    You might not have created what you want, but when we resist what is, we push against it and this just creates more resistance…

    Which gives you what?

    Yip, more of what you don’t want!

    So acknowledge your great creation.

    Imagine if you focused your energy in the direction of what you do want, not what you don’t want?

    3. Get clear.

    What is it you truly desire to create? If you turned up on planet earth tomorrow and weren’t trying to fit in/please people, what would YOU choose to create?

    4. Quit judging yourself.

    You’re quite literally attacking yourself when you judge yourself.

    Judging yourself for what you’ve created doesn’t help you at all. It’s more likely to keep you where you’re at.

    Easy to say, again harder to live.

    So if you need to howl at the moon. Do it.

    But really do it. Don’t be half hearted about anything you do.