The Power of Now chapter 1

Have you ever re-read a book and found a hidden message you overlooked.

Well as I was re-reading chapter one in this book I got so many messages. I thought to myself how did I not see this before? It is pretty simple, I wasn’t ready to see what answers lied in front of me.

So as I kept reading on I knew that this was the answer I was looking for. With each page I read I felt the need to go back and highlight passages that spoke to me.

Let us begin….

You are NOT you Mind.

The first thing the book talks about is how to separate you and your ego.

Ego is described by the author as, “false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind”. If you are like me, you over think and it can be extremely toxic. You create thoughts and problems that were never there. The book describes it as creating a false reality.

The longer you take to break that connection the harder it will be to identify you and your ego. The chapter ends with an exercise on how to observe yourself and how to learn to ignore egos thoughts.

After reading the first chapter I was drawn in and I couldn’t help continue reading. So next week I’ll post about the other chapter’s I have read.

Happy Hump Day!

 

June Goals

This year seems like the months and days are going by so fast.

I found myself telling my co- worker that I couldn’t believe the year is almost half way done. So I thought I would do a June goal list to keep me on track.

There are many things that are motivating me this month. I find myself receiving all theses signs from the universe leading me to my dreams. The only problem is that I’m at a stand still. I don’t know what path to take, do I take the realistic road or my dream…?

So this month I want to do a lot of self work. I want to push myself like I never have. Mostly because I am still young and I have so much I need to learn. I am ready to be dedicated to myself and my career; there is no more room for excuses.

1 . Giving up unneeded sugar in my diet.

2 . Practice meditating everyday when I wake up and before I go to sleep.

3 . Reading more books and articles.

4 . Listening to podcasts when I’m on my way to work and home.

5 . Improve my typing skills to the point where I don’t need to look at the keys.

6 . Start making meal preps the night before.

7 . Focus on gaining muscle.

8 . Drinking more water.

9 . Sharpen my mind with brain training games.

10 . Re-brand myself through my portfolio and resume.

 

If you have any June goals that you are determine to complete comment below what they are. I’m pretty excited that so I have started working on my goals.

Have a great National Best Friend day!

Erika

 

p.s. I just found out that this is my 100 blog post.

Monday Motivation

Good Morning all you lovely people!

Hope you didn’t work too hard this weekend. Yesterday I got a head start on my grocery shopping! So I’m pretty proud that the task I always put off was accomplished yesterday.

Last week was pretty scary and stressful. I never knew that being a support system was extremely hard. Keeping a brave face can be so difficult at times. There are even moments when I just want to cry. The person who has diabetes is my boyfriend and this whole time I wanted to keep it to myself. I mostly did it because its really not my news to share.

But last Tuesday his friend came over and tested him with his machine. His number was at 182 and his friend was telling us that we should go to the ER. We were waiting on his insurance to finally kick in so we could FINALLY see the doctor. It turns out that there was more BS involved than we thought. So I decided to go with him last Wednesday to the Urgent Care to hear what the doctor had to say. They didn’t tell him anything important! They gave him his medicine told him how to use it and sent us off (after waiting 4 hrs).

They didn’t run any tests even though his blood sugar clocked in at around 240. The doctor even advised my boyfriend to get off his ketogenic diet that was working wonders on him. But to top it all off his dietitian never called him back since Wednesday. So as I’m trying to control his carb and sugar intake with these diabetic websites. But it seems like nothing is lowering his blood sugar not even his medicine. I’m beyond worried and angry because it seems like no one is helping us.

It’s these moments I have to stop and say to myself this is a test. I have to remain strong and fight through this. I can’t let this win and take over. So today more than ever I need this motivation Monday to remind me to keep going. If there is anything I want you to take from this it is to get yourself checked. If my boyfriend would have gotten checked a year ago we probably wouldn’t be here. Please don’t put your loved ones through this especially if you can prevent it from getting out of control.

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I love you all and truly care for your well-being.

Erika

 

Spring into Cleaning

Something that I look forward to ever year is Spring Cleaning!

Yes, I know that I am weird but something about cleaning out the negative energy relaxes me. It also gives me an excuse to go through everything that I have been holding on to and get rid of some old things.

This year its going to take more than a day since I’m making my bf do it too. It will be a challenge since he is a hoarder. So to make things easier for us I made a spring cleaning checklist.

Spring Cleaning

Discovering yourself

The other day I read an article talking about understanding yourself. The article was about this women who is an introvert and how she embraced it. It was titled Inside The Introvert , I recommend you read it too.

Many people like myself want to be to outgoing but there are days where I just want to stay in and read a book. For the author she says that there has to be a balance when it comes to being introverted. You have to know when your mind and body need alone time and when they need to be social.

I related to her when she said, “I’m learning a lot about myself as I explore my personality, and it’s been helpful to recognize why I am the way I am.”

As I’m getting older I’m start to notice where things from my personality strain from. I find myself constantly working on myself and trying to do shadow work. So I ran across a personality quiz that explains what kind of 16 personalities you have.

To be honest I took the test two times. Since I’m being honest the first time I took the test I would answer some questions with the idea that I don’t view myself like that . But as I was getting ready to post this I thought let me take the test again and see what I get. I decided to answer it this time HONESTLY. There were some questions I was hesitant to agree with but here is what I got.

Here is what I got the first time.

It said that I was 57% Extraverted, 84% Intuitive, 70% Feelings over Logic, 61% Judging and 54% Assertive.

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Now the second time I got 58% Introverted, 79% Intuitive, 55% Feeling, 63% Judging, 74% Turbulent.

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After reading it I completely agreed with every single word.

There are a lot of reason of why I am the way that I am. But there are moments when I catch myself asking why do you do that Erika?!? As I read my profile I started to understand some current feelings that I have been feeling lately.

My Weaknesses:

Sensitive

I am extremely sensitive and I hate it when people come after my values and beliefs. The reason I get so upset is because I respect others values and beliefs. I don’t question them on it or make them feel like they are beneath me so I don’t expect to be treated that way either.

Extremely Private

It because of that reason that I don’t share anything personal. I am VERY selective when it comes to being open with someone because I don’t trust people that often.

Perfectionistic

Ever since I was little I have been a perfectionistic. It has been a trait that can be appeal on a resume but can also be used as self-sabotage. Always thinking that nothing is ever good enough.

Always Need to Have a Cause

When I went to FIDM I would always hear amazing stories from my professors of the jobs they had and how passionate they were about them. It pushed me to look for jobs that represent something. I need goals and I need to feel like I’m making a difference because if not I feel restless and disappointed.

As I read more I found myself answering all these questions I had. Whether it be about romantic relationships, friendships, career paths or workplace habits it got me to the T.

I am beyond happy that this quiz stumbled upon me because it answered everything I was questioning. I hope you take it yourself and discover some things you didn’t even know about yourself.

Feel free to share what kind of personality you got and whether you agree with it or not.

-Erika

 

 

Detox Tuesdays

I don’t know about you but this Tuesday seems so draining.

Since today is my early day I am planning on a nice cleaning day. For me I love detoxing well…cleaning detoxing. I see my personal space as a reflection of my mind. So cleaning helps me mentally detox.

Strangling I love vacuuming, laundry and doing the dishes. Those specific chores somehow make me feel relaxed and calm. I especially love doing the dishes with my music blasting. It lets me sing and dance away all my problems.

So if you are like me and feel drain take a moment to do something for you.

Here is my current favorite song that has been motivating me lately.

Motivational Monday

Can you believe the weekend is over?!

It just went by, like a blink of an eye. So if you are like me today and need a little motivation for this Monday. Here you go!

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May your Monday flash by.

-Erika

My new favorite app

Headspace is this new app I downloaded yesterday and I already love it!

What is headspace?

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https://www.headspace.com/

You basically set 10 minutes aside every day to start your day off on a good note. When you download it you get 10 free days of meditating. If you fall in love with it you can pick a subscription plan.

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I love this idea and I will keep you posted if I decide to buy it. Let me know if you have it or have tried it on the comments below.

Love,

Erika

The Power of Now: Chapter 1 & 2

Good Morning!

So let me start off by saying that the first chapter captures you attention right away.

In the first chapter he introduces what enlightenment is and how we already have it within us. The way that we unlock it is by controlling our mind. Our thoughts are what block us from being happy or enjoying life. We begin to over analysis and over think so many things. I am definitely that person who is always over thinking so many things. It gets so out of control that I end up creating these problems that never existed. He then explains how to control your mind so that it is only used to problem solving.

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I loved chapter two! As human beings we feel emotions and sometimes are sensitive to them. In chapter two they talk about how you can’t live life without pain and sorrow. You have to learn to deal with it in a healthy way instead of the extreme. Another point he made was letting go of past pain. This is one that many of us have a problem with. For me, I have a lot of pain that I have held on to for many years that I can’t seem to let go. He explains that when you hold on to that pain, your body not only feels it but it keeps you from being present. The last part of the chapter explains what fear is and how ego plays a huge role in feeding the fear. After reading it everything kind of clicked in my mind. All these bad habits that I created have been working against me. In order for that to change you really do have to pause and take in the information.  I don’t know about you but one thing that I liked about this book is that it gives you spots to pause. Putting down the book and really think about what he shared helped a lot.

I seriously can’t wait to start chapter 3 and 4 this weekend. On Tuesday I’ll post my thoughts on both chapters. If you are reading along with me feel free to share your thoughts.

Love,

Erika

My Book Club

As you get older you meet more and more people who can contribute so much knowledge in your life. For some reason my whole life I was always drawn to having older friends. And no it wasn’t for the alcohol. I always felt like they had just advice and wise words for me as I grew. I was so fortunate to have even aunts, family friends and even a mom who wanted to make sure that I didn’t make the same mistakes that they did. They gave me the best childhood ever.

Because of that I never wasn’t the most popular person at school. I knew that getting drunk at parties and having sex in high school wasn’t ever going to get me anywhere. So I focused on my studies and was active in school clubs. I’m not saying that you can’t have the best of both worlds but that was never MY scene.

When I moved in with my cousin, I got to meet these amazing people. My family that live in Long Beach introduced me to this amazing person named Crystal Lynn. She can light up any room with not only her smile but her kind heart. I met her on first Fridays, which is where her Zen Relaxation studio was located. She reads tarot cards, guides meditations and does spiritual guidance.

It was after talking to her about personal growth that she recommended me this book called, The Power of Now. Once I read the reviews on how much people liked the book, I knew that I just had to buy it.

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 Editorial Reviews from Barnes and Noble

Common Ground
This is not just another candy-ass elementary level celestine prophetic conversation supposedly with God clone. It is fresh, revealing, current, new inspiration. Power of Now is written from a depth of a person who has considered suicide, gone through his dark night of the soul and has come out the other side into his very personal and ecstatic enlightenment. If you are considering getting back in touch with your soul this book is a great companion.

New Age Books
Now and then, time cultivates these perfect jewels. You find one and think nothing better is possible. Such is The Power of Now. A regular customer at our store, and student of Chi Gong said, “It not only synthesizes everything I’ve delved into, but it does it so clearly and simply.” Many customers report back literally “thrilled” to have come across the book.

If you are interested in joining me, I’ll be reading the first and second chapter. On Thursday I’ll report my thoughts on both chapters. Can’t wait to start reading!!