How A Young Rich Kid Reminded Me Of A Valuable Lesson

There’s probably a good chance that you don’t quite feel you are where you want to be or that you ‘have enough’? Do you feel there is more that you could do or more that you could have? What does it actually feel like to have ‘more than enough’? It’s almost impossible to imagine right?

This is one of the most powerful forces that drives us into action and that also leaves us with a gnawing feeling of not ever truly being satisfied. The other day I was sitting at the front of the cafe having my standard cashew nut milk chai latte as you do in Bondi, when a very young man in a $500,000 McLaren sports car pulled up right out the front of the cafe. The door of his car swished open up to the sky like a spaceship, he got out of the car and walked into the cafe to order his takeaway coffee. As he stood there at the front of the cafe waiting for his coffee, I couldn’t help myself and I went up to him and asked about his car. I was curious as to how this very young man had accumulated such wealth to drive a car like this. He briefly told me that he acquired his wealth through property development and then finished the sentence with “but I wish I started when I was younger”.

His coffee was ready; he grabbed it, got back in the car and sped off down the road. I sat there thinking about his predicament…it still wasn’t enough for him. It’s not that he was a greedy human being, it’s that he suffers from the same ailment that we all do. We exist with an ego that simply is never truly content. It’s not possible for our ego to ever fully be satisfied. No matter where we are and how much we have, the ego is never truly satisfied. It always wants more and it will never have enough. Period.

Yet this is not who we are in our entire entirety. Can we feel fulfilled? Yes, we already are fulfilled. At our deepest level, in the depth of Being, we are all that there is. We are complete, whole, and there is no lack. Imagine the Divine or the Universe saying, “I need more!” It’s laughable right? Our sense of lack is a function of our disconnection to our unbounded Divine essence. When this connection becomes established and stabilised, those pangs of not having enough start to fade away and a deep sense of awe, wonder, gratitude and love flow through us. We simply Be.

Transcendence of the boundaries of individuation and separateness is key to making this connection. This is done through the art of meditation. Our unlimited Self is subtle and not found in the relative field. Cars, money, houses, partners, children, these are all very worldly tangible things. The divine, well this is very very subtle and not as obvious and easy to access than a car or a chai latte. So we seek the obvious and the most dense first. But if we ignore the subtle, then we will always be plagued with a sense of lack and wanting to fill in another hole.

Seeking is a function of the ego. Being is always there. Being is Love. Being is Stillness. Be.

7 Tips To Realize Your Goals

Girl-SilhouetteWant to get clear on your life and know where you are going? In today’s article I’ll share 7 tips on how to map and create your destiny. It was inspired by this recent conversation with a friend.

It starts like this…

Typical Instagram post by me of one of my stunning sunsets in Sydney. A friend replies saying:
“You’re so lucky. I envy your life.”
I reply:
“ What life would you like if not the one you have right now?”
To which they said:
“That’s the problem, I don’t know.”

Admittedly I do have a life I am grateful for…yes it has many challenges but it also has many beachside days, healthy living, a purposeful career and lots of love in it. But this wasn’t just an accident that it unfolded this way. My life didn’t just accidentally ‘happen’ and NO it was not always this way. It is a constant process of assessment and strategy to create (insert the word ‘manifest’ if you wish) something like this. Yes it sounds very calculated and technical but if you look at most successful, healthy and happy people they generally have a system or series of steps they took to get there.

In Tim Ferris’ book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers he says: “The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.”

So I’ve had to work to get to where I am and I have to work to get to where I am going to be in the future. There’s no end point, simply a process. Like I said before, beyond the Instagram posts of cleanly sliced avocados, turmeric chai lattes and gorgeous sunrises over a beach somewhere, everyone, me included, will still face challenges and difficulty. Don’t let that glossy facade fool you. So today I felt compelled to share with you some of my systems and strategies that I use to continually enhance my life and also move through those challenging moments to get to the other side of the difficulty.

  1. Vision Board. I’m a visual person so I need to see the images of the life I’m intending to create. This doesn’t mean that you’re not present and grateful for the life you have, but simply acknowledge that life is a sequence, there is a future and that you want to be creative and have some input as to how that will look and feel.
  2. Gratitude Journal. Each night before I go to sleep I write in my journal, that I keep beside my bed, 10 things that I am grateful for that day. It could be someone I met that day, the sun, fresh water, my family, and the food that I ate. So many things! When we are grateful and acknowledge the abundance in our life, the Universe reciprocates and sends us more abundance.
  3. Assessing my goals daily. Each day I write down my goals, financial targets for my business and steps I need to take to achieve them. You can get very specific and the more specific the better.
  4. Physical Regime. Looking after my body is essential. Daily activity of some sort from yoga, swimming, surfing, weights or a gym session are all part of my success strategy.
  5. Meditation. Yes this is key. Expanding the mind and accessing that field of infinite creative intelligence helps me find solutions to problems and impulses of creative ideas for my business.
  6. Self-Assessment. Hey, I can be my worst critic at times. Its often we tend to beat ourselves up and this keeps us in those recurring patterns of limitation and self-sabotage. So checking in with yourself regularly and remind yourself you are here to do great things, you are worthy of a great life, you have so much to give humanity and it’s time to let go of that fragile little kid inside and step up!
  7. Accountability and support. Having someone to guide you and support you on that journey makes a huge difference! This person will be able to see things you might not yet be able to see. They will encourage you in times of doubt, and push you out of your comfort zone when you are getting a little too…well…comfy!

For some, success and a dynamic life requires commitment and structure. Sounds very formal for some, and if it works for you to just wing it and see how it flows, then do that. But if that hasn’t worked for you then perhaps some of these steps above might help. You might have some other suggestions which I’d love to hear about! Please share if you do.

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How Tearing My Meniscus In Yoga Taught Me A Big Lesson About Life

saddleI love yoga. It enhances my life in so many ways. There is so much evidence supporting the huge benefits of it from increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism among many more.
 

However my relationship with yoga changed dramatically one evening during class. I have a competitive nature, so when I would see people in class turning themselves into pretzels I have to admit, I did have a slight twinge of envy. I’ve been teaching meditation for many years now and yet there was a part of me that still couldn’t help but push myself that extra bit harder trying to reach that lofty goal- ‘If only I could get into lotus, then I would really look like a meditation teacher!’

After doing regular yoga for twenty years now, unbelievably I still have tight hips and knees that can only manage a cross-legged seated pose that has my knees protruding substantial high! Which reminds me of the years of sitting on the floor in school assembly halls and having to wrap my arms around my knees to hold them up because it was so uncomfortable.

Then it happened. One night in class the yoga teacher at the front announces the next asana. Saddle Pose.

“Oh great” I say to myself. “I get to stretch out those tight knees of mine and inch closer to lotus!” I watch the room of mainly women effortlessly lie back horizontally on their shins and throw their arms over their head. Easy right?? I sit back on my shins and then lean all the way back. My hip-flexors are screaming at me. My lower abdomen muscles are shaking. My quads are burning with fire, and there is a sharp pain in my knees.

I’M STUCK!

I can feel the pain in my knees increasing. Its like a nail has gone in there. My whole body is now aching and I am sweating! I don’t know how to get out of this position. I precariously push my hands to the floor and slowly raise myself out of the asana. It’s not good.

The weeks that followed were frustrating and painful. I hobbled everywhere and couldn’t attend yoga. No more surfing, no more gym, even meditating it was painful. MRI’s confirmed the meniscus was torn. I had a choice, to be glum, dark and suffer, or look deeper into this and ask a question. Every experience of life is research and development. This is the mechanics of evolution. What information was this experience offering me that will help my life going forward?

I was so fixated on the outcome in class that I was ignoring the process. It was the subtlety of the process that had all the information in it that I needed however I had closed my intuition off and pushed through that to try to reach my goal. Snap! Amazingly I had been doing this not just in yoga, but in life also. Do you notice how what you experience on your mat can be a representation of your life also? I decided it was time to start listening more. It was time to have intentions in life and on my mat, but not be attached to them. Observe the goals, yet be more present to the now. It was time to listen to the subtle information in each moment and as they say, ‘stop and smell the roses.’ It’s great to have goals and set our sights on the myriad possibilities of life, however within each moment there is a quiet simplicity that is bursting with knowledge.

These days, I’m back on the mat and loving my yoga, although when I do saddle pose, I use two bolsters and three blocks! It looks like a construction site! But I’m ok with it. Oh, and I have completely surrendered the need to ever get into lotus. Phew, that feels good…such a relief!

 

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See What Happens When This Woman Takes Off Her Clothes In New York…

Through my entire high school experience I had body issues. I was a skinny, freckly, pasty kid in an all boys agricultural college that specialised in rugby league. Needless to say, the majority of the students were big strapping farmhands or huge footballers built like sides of buses.

I would get teased about how skinny I was with comments like:
“Cronin, you look like a matchstick with the wood carved off it!”
and
“Cronin, do you run around in the shower to get wet?”

Tapeworm was one that also stuck.

I did everything I could to put on weight, and probably ate twice as much as most kids but all to no avail. And so, I had to live with being the skinny, freckly, pasty kid at school. It was a struggle I dealt with for most of my youth. It’s ok now, Im over that issue and moved on 🙂

Body image is a HUGE issue in our world today. Studies reveal that 10% of teenagers suffer from some form of eating disorder and a study done at the Council of Size and Weight found that 90% of teenagers want a different shaped body.

We struggle so much to accept this amazing vehicle we have been given. For 70, 80, 90 or even 100 years your soul will be carrying around this human space suit so that you can exist here on this planet. It’s a remarkable piece of equipment. It digests food, has a heart that beats, has blood pulsing through it, lungs that pump air, eyes that can see, fingers that can feel, ears that can hear. It can scream, and laugh, and cry and orgasm…wow! Isn’t it amazing? And there is not one of them in all the 7 billion of them on this planet that is exactly the same…amazing right?

How comfortable are you with your human space suit? Check out this powerful clip of an experiment a young woman did, stripped down to her underwear on a busy corner in the middle of New York. Watch what happens next…

 

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How To Heal From Discontentmentitis

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I recently asked a large group of people to put up their hands if they were feeling deeply content in their current relationship. About 3% of the group put up their hand.

I asked another group of people at a different time, to put up their hands if they were feeling deeply content with their current life. Again about 3% of the group put up their hand.

Now I’d like to ask YOU, from 1 to 10 (10 being incredibly content and 1 being very discontent), how do you rate your:
– financial situation
– relationship
– career
– health
How did you go?

The reason I ask this is in a recent study, run by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, a group of people were asked to place a sticker on a wall of their good and bad experiences from the past. On another wall, to post their good and bad expectations for the future.

The first wall comes out about 50/50. The one for the future comes out about 80/20 — with more good expectations than bad ones.

What does this mean? That we generally have very high expectations about life and those expectations are rarely met. This aligns with the survey I did when I asked people to put up their hands if they were content in their relationship or life in general. More often than not we feel that our life isn’t as good as it could be, and we suffer from discontentmentitis.

I believe discontentmentitis is an epidemic of the 21st century! Hey, I’ve been infected with it too! Yes, we could be healthier. Yes, we could have a better house. Yes, we could have a better relationship. Yes, we could have more money.

There will be days when your relationship with your partner or your family will be challenging. There will be times in your career that will be very uncomfortable or mundane. There will be periods in your life when you might be financially stretched. And all of this is ok.

Are you seeking perfection in a realm where perfection doesn’t exist? The field of relativity, the world around us, is diverse, it fluctuates, it twists and turns and is filled with unexpected changes. Yet many of us tend to have an ideal where that simply won’t happen.

So how do we heal ourselves of this contagious infliction that has spread across the world? I feel the key to this comes down to one thing….GRATITUDE. Gratitude is a powerful force of recognition that regardless how many challenges we face right now, there is still something in our life is right now that we can be grateful for.

Gratitude is acknowledging that life is an amazing place and no matter how many of your expectations aren’t being currently met, there is till magnificence around you, right here, right NOW. When we are grateful we emit a vibration of abundance. When we are grateful, we send a message to the Universe that yes, I am filled with greatness in my life. This is a subtle yet powerful shift of awareness that will flow through into all areas of your life.

When we embrace gratitude we shift our feelings from lack to abundance. The moment you feel abundance in your life you change what you attract. Explore this for a few weeks and let your own research validate this concept.

Gratitude can come in many ways, but here are some tips to get you started.

1. Offer gratitude before each meal for the mere gift of being able to eat some nourishing food that will sustain your health.
2. Express gratitude each morning to the sun, for its light and warmth that sustains all life here on Earth
3. Write a letter or email to someone special in your life offering gratitude for their presence
4. Speak to your body, you carry this vehicle around every day, it’s amazing what it does for you. Thank it and nurture it.
5. Be thankful for the people who push your buttons, who challenge you, and make you feel uncomfortable. They are your greatest teachers…what a gift!

So there are few ideas about how to overcome the increasing level of discontent on the planet. I’m sure you have a few yourself, it would be wonderful if you could share some of those below with our readers as well. Thanks, I’m very grateful 🙂

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A 2 Minute Exercise That Will Increase Your Happiness!

 

What if there was a way to increase your happiness by 2 to 4 times within a matter of minutes?

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

Well you’ll not only be surprised by the scientific results of this experiment but I expect you’ll probably be moved to tears also!

Once you practice this technique each day you’ll be amazed at how much your life changes. Its simple and yet powerful.

Enjoy this short clip and keep some tissues handy. After the watching this, please share with us below how you felt while doing this..

And if you’d like to explore some more powerful daily quotes that will lift you up and inspire you, then my published book INSIGHTS is for you!

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  • Over 200 beautiful quotes from global meditation expert, Tom Cronin
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Gratitude Affirmations You Can Use Today


When was the last time you said some gratitude affirmations? It’s rare that we express gratitude for all of the things that we are blessed with. At times it may seem as though you don’t have much to be thankful for – especially if you’re going through a rough phase or a difficult period in your life. It’s all too easy to get caught up in negative feelings and end up forgetting all of the blessings that you have.

Here’s a simple illustration of just how many things we take for granted. If you’re reading this blog right now, you have eyesight and you can read – those are two amazing blessings right there! You have a computer (or access to a computer) and can also use the internet. Think of how great it is to have internet even! Just think of all the positive things the internet can help you do. Not only can you use it to connect with friends and family, but there’s more information on the internet than a person could consume in a lifetime!

Now, could you imagine your life without all of these simple things? We all take them for granted each and every day. Imagining your life without these things, or actually doing without them for a period of time, can help you to realize just how great you have it in life.

When you start to realize just how lucky you are to have all that you have, you can start to really express gratitude. And when you do express gratitude on a regular basis, you move towards feeling content with yourself and your life, and not always looking for “more moremore” as we tend to do. The attitude of gratitude is a truly powerful tool if you’re looking to find happiness.

Expressing Gratitude through Stillness
The Stillness Movement is a shift towards grateful thinking. By making your mind Still, you enable yourself to get rid of all of those defeating thoughts that stand in the way of your happiness. Stillness meditation can help you to filter worries, anxieties, doubts, and uncertainties from your mind and without these harmful thoughts you can learn to be thankful for what you have. The mental clarity and peace of mind that is possible in just one Stillness Session has the power to transform your life and your attitude.

Affirming Gratitude
You can use gratitude affirmations to jumpstart your own new grateful lease on life. By repeating one or more of the following affirmations on a regular basis, or even writing your own as they will pertain to your own life, you can begin to witness just how blessed you are.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
I am so blessed to be in good health.
I appreciate my body and all it does for me every day.
I am so grateful to be alive.

RELATIONSHIPS
I am thankful to have met my partner, someone who enriches my life.
I am blessed to have a family of people who care for me.
I am grateful for my friends, because they support me, understand me, and appreciate me no matter what.

CAREER & SUCCESS
I am blessed to be able to work at what I love.
I am thankful to have the capability to learn new skills and improve myself.
I am thankful for the abundance and wealth that I have been given.

EMOTIONS
I appreciate my emotions.
I am grateful for all of the experiences I have had in my life, because each one has taught me sometime.
I am thankful for each moment of happiness in my life.

MIND
I am forever grateful for a mind that is receptive and open to new ideas and new learning experiences.
I am grateful that I have the ability to choose what I want and make it happen in life.
I am appreciative for my inner voice and sense of intuition.

What are you thankful for? The next time you want to use gratitude affirmations, why not try writing some of your own, for the unique blessings that you experience in your life. To empower you through this process you might like to have access to The Empowerment Series, which is comprises of rich insights into Manifesting Abundance, finding your Life Purpose and Discovering Love. Find out more about this by clicking below.

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