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Daily Positive Thoughts: April 20, 2014: Excellence


With the aim of excellence, I bring beauty and quality into each word and action.



Never believe anyone who says you cannot change, or that you should not tamper with your personality. The truth is, you are already changing numerous times every day. And it is never too late to contemplate a change in personality, which simply means changing the way you see and respond to people and the world around you. It is up to you. You can either live with the pain that is known as stress - it's what most people do because it seems the easiest way to live - or you set off on the adventure of self-discovery. This is not some New Age fashion. Every time you change one of your old habits, of creating pain as a response to life, it will be one more step towards enjoying a riper old age. If you want to live a long and healthy life, kill your stress and your pain with truth, before it kills you!



The Concept Of Letting Go (cont.)

An example of how the pleasure turns into desire, the desire into need, the need into habit, habit into dependence and finally the dependence into an addiction - process (explained yesterday) takes place can be seen in some smokers. The smoker, little by little, liked smoking, then desired to smoke, then needed to smoke; he/she created the habit of smoking, it turned into a dependence and finally into an addiction. It began because he liked it but it ended up generating that addiction.

We live disconnected from ourselves, with a lot of unnecessary dependencies and needs. When you think that you need to smoke, you believe something that is not true. What does it mean that you need to smoke? Negative effects of smoking on the body are well known; we already breathe in enough pollution from cars and we do not need to breath in more unnecessary smoke. However, the person who smokes believes that it is a need and, while they believe it, they don't realize, or if they do realize, they don't want to accept that it is an unnecessary dependence.

This process can happen in many other cases: emotional, mental and physical dependencies and addictions towards people, objects and ideas. When we are hooked we lose emotional, mental and intellectual control over our inner selves and in our awareness. The solution is in knowing how to let go.


Soul Sustenance

What Is 'Clean Communication'? 

With the self covered by the clouds of so many external influences and many of its own negative beliefs and past experiences, the self is normally unclear about its own self. The light of spiritual knowledge brings clarity to the self, about the self. This helps me to communicate with others much more clearly than when I am not sure or clear about what is going on inside me. There is a direct connection between the quality of subtle activities in the form of thoughts and feelings going on inside me and the quality of my interaction and communication with others. 

Very importantly, relationships are also connected with attitude and vision. Sometimes, I may feel I have said and done the right things to someone, yet still someone is not behaving towards me as I would wish. At such times I need to check my attitude towards that person and the vision with which I am seeing them. I may find inside a slight feeling of disapproval towards that person, a feeling of discomfort, a resistance to something in their personality. Neither of us may be conscious of it, but my negative feeling casts a shadow on the other person. They are not receiving the acceptance or respect from me, that they should (on a subtle level), although externally I may be showing them a lot of respect. This subtle lack of acceptance and respect from my end influences their ability to hear me clearly (on a subtle level), and the way they behave towards me. The practice of meditation enables me to clean out my thoughts, feelings, attitudes and vision, ensuring that what I share with others on a physical and on a subtle level is positive. Then it is much easier for me to connect with others and for others to connect with me in a positive way. This is called 'Clean Communication'

Message for the day 

Real positivity is being positive even in negative situations. 

Projection: It seems very difficult, if not impossible, to maintain positive thoughts when we are faced with a negative situation. Even with a strong intention to be positive, challenges come in the form of relationships, physical illness, difficult circumstances etc and we find ourselves weakening. 

Solution: A long time of practice of maintaining inner self-respect is what will help us in a difficult situation. To maintain self-respect means to understand and appreciate our own uniqueness. With this practice of self-respect we will not be dependent on the external situation but will find the strength within. 


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15 Surreal Places Around the World That We Need to Preserve

Marguerite Ward's avatar image By Marguerite Ward  March 26, 2014

The world is full of rare beautiful places ripe for exploration, travel and, ever increasingly, preservation. 

From rising sea levels creeping up in Southeast Asia to clouds of billowing smog in California, 

climate change is creating new "natural" phenomena of its own. But what will happen to many of Earth's 

islands, forests, seascapes and canopies that took centuries to make? 

In addition to lowering global GDP, compromising human health and shutting down daily human activity,

 unmitigated pollution and CO2 levels are putting the natural wonders we've previously enjoyed at risk. 

International preservation organizations have concluded that climate change will compromise, if not destroy,

 the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Kilimanjaro and other natural wonders of the world

Here are 15 surreal places that are a testament to the sort of beauty we should think about preserving:

1. Reed Flute Cave, China


                                               This beautiful cave is located in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave 

that illuminates like a city skyline under multicolored lighting. 

2. Lower Antelope Canyon, USA



Antelope Canyon in Arizona is split into two breathtaking slot canyons: the Upper Antelope Canyon and

 the Lower Antelope Canyon.


3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia


The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat. Located in Southern Bolivia, it holds around half of all 

the world's reserves of lithium. 


4. Finnish Lapland Snow , Finland     


This winter landscape stands perfectly pristine in the heart of Finland. Since most of Lapland is 

situated within the Arctic Circle, it's an ideal spot to watch the northern lights. According to ancient 

legend, an arctic fox, whose swishing tail sends sparkling lights into the sky, creates the aurora borealis.

 Dancing displays of green, red and blue lights can be seen on clear, dark nights when conditions are right.

5. Iguazu Falls, Brazil/ Argentina Border


These cascading falls billow on the border between Argentina and Brazil. 

6. Michigan's Ice Caves, USA


Located right by Lake Michigan, these ice caves are hard to reach. Nature enthusiast and photographer 

Tony Auch called his journey to the impressive caves a "once in a lifetime" experience.

7. Gullfoss Falls, Iceland


Gulfoss, translated to "golden waterfall," is located in Arnessysla, Iceland. 

8. Auster-Skaftafellssysla , Iceland 


A colorful rainbow rises over a volcano in Iceland

9. Dead Sea, bordering Israel and Jordan


The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank 
to the west. It's a hypersaline lake that is truly one of Earth's unique places. Below you will find ten interesting
 facts along with a gallery of picture of this fascinating place.  Biblically, the Dead Sea was a place of 
refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and 
it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to
 potash for fertilizers. The historic body of water is rapidly disappearing.                                            


10. Coral Reef in Palmyra Atoll, Kiribati Line of Islands, South of Hawaii                       


The coral reef, the heart of sea life, will be one of the first things to go if water pollution and toxic waste 

dumping is not controlled. 

This particular coral reef is at the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

11. Aitutaki , part of Cook Islands, South Pacific     


Tiny islands, like this one located in Aitutaki, Cook Islands, could be overrun by 

rising sea levels in the coming years.

12. Corcovado Mountain, Brazil


Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains in Brazil tower over Rio de Janeiro. On it is the large Christ The Redeemer Statue.

13. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine                                                       


Ukraine's romantic "Tunnel of Love" looks like something out of a fairy tale.

14. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand                                                    


These large, spherical boulders can be seen all along New Zealand's Koekohe Beach.

15. Mt. Kilimanjaro , Tanzania                           


The dormant volcano is the tallest mountain in Tanzania.

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