This is Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to this week’s episode of minutes on growth. Two weeks ago we discussed passion and purpose, and how we owe it to ourselves to pursue our true purpose in life. However on this journey of pursuit, a lot can happen that is out of our control. Negative factors beyond our reach can impact our mental state of mind such as the actions of our colleagues at work, our friends or even our family. I skipped last week’s episode because I was trying to find a way to cope with a hard and private situation I have been facing lately. They say that if it won’t matter in 5 years then you shouldn’t allow it to impact you now. But I am only human. I have emotions and feelings, and the situation may not matter in 5 years, but it matters now and I cannot shut my feelings off when something or someone hurts or angers me. If I do not know how to cope with these emotions in the correct way, and just push them aside for the time being, they will come back to hurt me one way or another in the future. Whenever a situation produces a negative reaction such as anger, fear or heart break within you, you have to ask yourself”Why is it happening and what is trying to teach me”. But this concept of self-reflection is much easier said than done. So while we’re trying to get to the root of the problem, how can we face it without letting it take over our whole life? I mean even if we get to the root of it, it may still hurt us. I found out that my situation, which was completely about someone else’s life and their choices, was trying to teach me to let go of my need to try and be the ‘fixer’ , but even though I knew that, it still hurt me. So with the help of my spiritual advisor, we came up with the 5 minute rule. Every day for 5 minutes I allow myself to feel all the feelings associated with the situation. During those 5 minutes, there have been days that I’ve cry, there have been days I just sit and stare at the wall and there have been days that i scream from the top of my lungs. But i allow myself to feel that hurt and that anger, but within a time limit. I will only dedicate 5 minutes of my day to this unfortunate situation. I will not allow it to take over my life. I will not allow it to prevent me from pursuing my purpose. I will not allow it to fog my clarity. But I will allow myself to be authentic and honest with myself and more importantly I will give myself time to heal. So if you’re hurting or you’re angry, give yourself time. Don’t bottle up your feelings. Address them. Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself why it hurts and most importantly give yourself 5 minutes everyday for as long as you need to find peace.
This is Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to this week’s episode of Minutes on Growth. Last week we discussed “being ready” and trusting the timing of our goals and dreams, but where do these goals and dreams stem from? How do we know what our purpose is and what we’re meant to do with the gifts we’re born with. As a child, I was always good at public speaking. Noticing this, my parents started to encourage me to pursue a career as a lawyer. For the majority of my childhood, I always envisioned myself as an attorney. I mean I loved reading, writing, and debating so I never doubted that decision. During high school, I started to develop an interest in politics, and human rights so I assumed I would become a lawyer in that field. Anyways, upon receiving my masters in law, I realized that I don’t actually want to be a lawyer. This dream was created for me as a result of my talent of public speaking. But what I truly did want to become was a writer, a motivational speaker, an academic and an advocate of causes dear to me but why did I not pursue that path from the beginning and why did it take me 7 years to realize that? A lot of the time, we misinterpret or misuse our gifts. This tends to happen as a result of our family’s or community’s expectations of us and who they believe we should become, or sometimes simply because its the safe option. A lawyer or a doctor tend to have stable incomes, but leave those careers for those truly passionate about them. Your true purpose brings joy into your life. It gives meaning and value to your presence on earth, So if you’re unhappy in your career, you should ask yourself “Am I really fulfilling my purpose” and “how can I use my passion and gifts in a different way that both serves humanity and brings me happiness?” Don’t confine yourself into a box. Your passions are not one-dimensional. I mean, i love international relations, but I also love spirituality, both of which are unrelated. My purpose is to bring all my unique gifts, talents, and passions together, and then figure out how I can create something joyful out of it. The key to success is doing what you love because that’s the only way you’ll willingly dedicate your whole self to it. So please live the life you were brought into this life to live. Let go of what you’ve been programmed to become. Be honest with yourself about what you love to do, and what you’re actually good at doing and then figure out how can you make a career out of it – one that you actually enjoy because the world doesn’t need more successful people that are miserable, it needs more successful people that are HAPPY. Don’t feed yourself excuses and let go of fear because opportunities will arise when you live your true happy self.
Thank you for listening, and looking forward to next week!
This is Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to this week’s episode of Minutes on Growth. Last week we discussed commitment issues and how other people’s display of lack of commitment is a reflection of our own commitment issues. This week i want to discuss the concept of being ready. In 2015, I was walking my dog in Green Park in London, when I suddenly experienced something magical. Out of no where, an idea for a children’s book rushed into my mind and words just kept flowing in. I started uttering them out loud and moments later i realized it wasn’t just random words, it was a full on script. I was shocked. I felt as if divine intelligence had taken over. Mind you, I’ve always been a fan of writing and reading, and it was always my intention to write a book, but I never felt ready. Anyways, I immediately ran home and I started writing down everything I could remember, but that evening , as the sun started to set, I closed my laptop and told my self that I just wasn’t ready and that I would go back to it when I finished my degree. 2 years later as I’m looking at the degree that is now on my wall, I keep asking myself why am I still not ready? Perhaps, I am ready. In fact I was ready, even back then, it was just my fear of not succeeding that held me back. Because if I wasn’t ready, the universe would have not delivered the idea of the book to me. Ideas are gifts that are given to us at the right time, and at the right place. It is up to us to be brave enough to pursue them. It is up to us to realize that the only thing holding us back from achieving our full potential is ourselves. So take a moment and ask yourself, when was the last time you stopped yourself from pursuing an idea, or a dream or a goal because you didn’t feel ready? Your dreams and goals are there for a reason. You are ready. So just trust yourself and Trust that the universe always has your back.
This is Tannaz Hosseinpour, and welcome to Weekly Minutes For Growth. Every week, for a few minutes, i will be discussing a topic of importance aimed at contributing to the development of both our work and personal lives. This week, we’ll be discussing commitment. A few months ago, I found myself in a situation where a few of my friends kept making plans with me only to cancel them last minute. Frustrated and quite frankly angry, I decided to seek the advice of my spiritual teacher. I am a firm believer that everything in life occurs to teach us a lesson. However, i couldn’t quite put my finger on what these cancellations meant. As soon as I explained the situation, my teacher responded ” Well they’re cancelling on you because you have commitment issues!”. My ego quickly responded ” but i never cancel any of my plans. i make an effort to always show up. I’m committed in my relationship and committed to my work”. To which my teacher responded ” how many times have you promised yourself you’ll go back to the gym and re start your work out regimen.” and that is when it hit me. All these events were happening to teach me the importance of committing to a plan, any and all plans, and all these external events would not stop until I applied the same logic to my own life, to every aspect of my own life. Ever since, I am much more mindful of my commitments and promises. So ask yourself this, is any aspect of your life lacking commitment? If so, why is it happening and what can you do to change it? Because everyone and everything around us is there to help us grow. So how can their display of a lack of commitment help us fix ours?
Thank you for listening- Let me know what you think! Looking forward to next week’s discussion.
One of the first topics we learn about when studying meditation and yoga is the mind-body relationship. To summarize:
Each chakra corresponds to a specific nervous plexus, or cluster, of ganglionic neurons along the spinal cord pathway.
In the chakra system, these energy centres are the control nucleus of various body systems, similar to the western anatomy model.
Every move the body makes is relayed to the nervous system via the nerves, and according to the messages received in the brain or nervous centers (chakras), an appropriate response is then sent via motor nerves to the parts of the body resulting in subsequent action. In a nutshell, the central nervous system is always kept informed of all that is happening to and in the body.
Because of this relationship, it is very important to keep in mind the power of your mind and thoughts, as it can physically impact your body.
Easy steps you can take to enhance the level of your energy centres:
Make sure your space/environment is clean and organized
Write down positive affirmations and stick them around your house/office
Remove any items from your surroundings that trigger negative emotions such as anger, guilt or jealousy
Make a conscious decision to eat healthier meals, so you do not feel guilt afterwards
Be mindful of how your body feels when around certain people or places. Try to place yourself in situations where your energy level is highest.